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Author: Subject: some new band recommendations from end of the road
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posted on 5-9-2013 at 11:05 Reply With Quote
some new band recommendations from end of the road

hello hello.

having been to the amazing end of the road festival (with the lovely kittykat, robin, secret squirrel and others not lucky enough to be on indie soc), there were lots of awesome bands - many of which you will know about (because you're cooler than i am) and some of which you may not. anyway, here we go...

east india youth: solo, electronic artist who used to be in a rather terrible indie band. his solo stuff is wonderful. buy his latest ep, called 'hostel' - even if it barely touches the surface of what he was doing live. hopefully one to keep an eye on.

parquet courts: their album, 'light up gold' is comfortably in my top 5 of the year. amazingly well realised for a debut album. whilst they obviously like the modern lovers and the velvet underground a lot, they manage to steer far enough away from pastiche for you not to care. if you love 'is this it' and fancy a slightly dirty affair, parquet courts will do the trick.

savages: intense.

cayucas: in a very similar vein to the first couple of vampire weekend albums, cayucas are a fun guitar-pop band with influences that extend beyond the usual roll-call of bands. their new album is great.

pins: yet to hear them on record (i gather they're slightly cleaner sounding), but live they were a darker kenickie - raised on the jesus & mary chain rather than pop-punk. very enjoyable and looking forward to the ep arriving in the post.

charlie boyeur & the voyeurs: another band from london in a similar vein to toy or the horrors. they got signed after one gig, which made me want to hate them. however, they were far too good for that. don't think they have anything other than the odd single out yet, but definitely worth keeping an eye on. very 60s garage sounding, but with a distinctly pop edge.

duologue: they sound like latter-era radiohead, that much can't be ignored - certainly vocally. really good, technical five piece band with dual guitars and electronics. again, awaiting their album to know what they're like on record but they sounded very promising live

money: epic guitars and big histrionics, turned up to 11. the frontman is a cocky little sh*t too, opening the set with an acapella number. despite the aformentioned statements, they were great. again, awaiting their debut album (shadow of heaven) to arrive, but i think they're going to be amazing.

merchandise: like morrissey, fronting a slightly noodly post-punk band (i'm looking directly at you here matt paradise). listen to the track, 'time' (from their 'desire' lp) or this year's 'totale night' ep for evidence of just how good they are. (it should be noted everyone i went to see them with left, but they're all wrong).

daughter: not really a new band now, as they're so well known. nonetheless, they were one of the best bands of the weekend, still in the early stages of their career. 'if you leave' is a gorgeously fragile album, that evokes the xx in places (vocally at least). whilst they didn't do it at end of the road, they also do a good live cover of 'get lucky' which can be found knocking around on the internet.

[Edited on 5-9-2013 by jazzy]





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posted on 5-9-2013 at 11:21 Reply With Quote
oh, and night beds. they were brilliant. mentioned their album in my favourites of this year. a definite hint of ryan adams, but with better vocal harmonies.





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posted on 5-9-2013 at 15:32 Reply With Quote
Excellent stuff, Gareth!

I have heard the Paraquet Courts album and wasn't very impressed - I'll give it a couple more goes though, as it may be a grower. I love the Savages album and really want to see them live, before they lose their intensity and either become a self parody or chill out. The PINS record is definitely a grower - thought it was all very samey and dull on first listen, but the more spins I give it, the better it gets. I'm not a fan of Daughter, they seem to be the kind of band that teenage girls looking for an obsession would go for!

Will check out the others, especially Merchandise! Think I read about Money and the acapella opening on The Guardian website, sounds annoying!





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i'd give parquet courts another listen or two. they're brilliant live - maybe check this video of them doing the first couple of tracks from the album live, as a starter (even if they do cut the brilliant line, 'socrates died in the fucking gutter'. so, so tight - just as they were at end of the road.

regarding savages, they certainly haven't lost any of the intensity yet. it was so weird seeing them in a tent, having seen david byrne & st vincent headline the main stage. polar opposites doesn't begin to cover it.

hope you enjoy merchandise! start here





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posted on 5-9-2013 at 16:17 Reply With Quote
I really like it! And I've just realised, they are playing in Oxford tonight! NOt sure if I have the energy, but I might go...





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