March 29, 2017

Colin Robinson & Iain Taylor: two Doggerland shows

Avant-gardists Colin Robinson (Jumble Hole Clough) and Iain Taylor bring back their Doggerland duo for two performances in Hebden Bridge (Friday 7th April and Saturday 13th May). From Robinson's Facebook:

As we haven’t played for a year, we thought we’d better have a rehearsal tonight. And it was good; we remembered the songs… We even remembered the Mesopotamian song that is 3,500 years old and is sung in Sumerian.

Words about music (438): Morrissey

"Whether it be Beyonce or Justin Bieber, we see singers who have absolutely nothing to offer anyone as they walk off stage clutching three Grammys in each hand.


March 28, 2017

Little Person: Perfect Girls

Pop-rock duo Little Person have saved the best for the final single from their forthcoming EP I Feel Fine (out on April 3rd). Perfect Girls is a pocket symphony, a blend of jazz and superb West Coast pop that could be mistaken for a long lost Beach Boys song.

Tempo changes are handled with ease and Anton Patzner's violin gives the song a classical feel. They worked hard on this one, especially on the harmonies. There is no such thing as a perfect pop single, but they come damn close.

Palmsy: Ambulance

photo: Ben Houdijk

Dutch indie quartet Palmsy sing about about the perennial theme of a girl walking out on one of the band members on their debut single Ambulance. It is an upbeat song that lacks the finesse of the Arctic Monkeys or the swagger The Strokes, but it will get their audience moving during a live show. A bit more rough-around-the-edges garage rock would be a good idea. Also: turn up the bass while they are at it.

March 27, 2017

Billy Moon: I W K

The new Billy Moon single I W K (I Wanna Know) sounds like a 7" that was stored in a drawer for a couple of decades, gathering dust and a few scratches. The Hamilton band honour the production values of vintage garage rock: basic hooks, some fuzz, and the vocals smack in the middle of the mix. This is a band that can put teenage angst and boredom to good use. Instantly hummable rock 'n' roll that deserves a proper vinyl release.