LFC 4th Birthday Band #5: The Collectable Few

West London’s The Collectable Few have been toiling away for a little while now, patiently honing and developing their sound into what it is today – a mixture of blissed out and powerful, anthemic indie with dark undertones and danceable beats. Think along the lines of The Maccabees, White Lies, Bombay Bicycle Club and harking a bit further back, The Cure.

You might have seen them on bills across the capital in recent times with the likes of Anna Calvi, We Have Band and The Whigs. Their self-released 4-track debut EP ‘Half The Night’ set out their stall last summer, something they’re following up with their debut single ‘Headstrong’, which comes out via LFC Records this Monday 24th.

The single is perhaps their most ambitious piece to date, with a hook designed for large theatres and arenas of this world, rather than the Dog And Duck on a Tuesday night. Music Week said it reminded them of VHS or Beta, which we’ll take as a glowing compliment.

If all goes to plan, 2k11 should be an exciting year for this lot. It all starts at The Macbeth on 27 January, where copies of “Headstrong” will also be available to buy on 7″.


Location: London, UK
Lineup: Tarek Al Shammaa (Vocals, Keys), Nat Cantor (Guitar), Tom Christensen (Bass), Alex Hammond (Drums)
Label: Laissez Faire Club Records (“Headstrong” release)
Previous LFC appearances: 8
Blog love: “A perfect example of the next chunk of beautiful indie goodness to grace our earlobes” (The Whiteboard Project)
LFC 4th Birthday show details: The Macbeth, 27 Jan, on-stage 9.30pm RSVP TICKETS

Who are you?

The Collectable Few from West London. We’re influenced by warmer climates than our own, 80s pop records, low-fi guitar bands, global beats and discos.

What were your highlights of 2010?

Releasing our first EP was definitely a highlight and working with Andrew Maury (Ra Ra Riot, Kisses, RAC) towards the end of the year and into 2011 has given us a chance to push our sound a long way in a short time.

What are you most looking forward to in 2011?

We’re looking forward to a big year for live shows in London, some festivals, playing around the UK and further afield.

Do you have anything available to buy right now?

Our EP ‘Half The Night’ is out now and available to buy. And on January 24th we’re releasing our debut single ‘Headstrong’.

What’s been your best gig(s) to date?

We’ve had some fantastic crowds recently who may not have heard us before but really got into it. Playing with The Whigs at The Borderline around Christmas was a lot of fun and playing with Anna Calvi earlier in the year was also great.

And finally, why should people attend your gig?

We’ll give people a chance to shed some Christmas pounds through the medium of jumping and arm flailing.

The Collectable Few – Headstrong by Laissez Faire Club

MP3: The Collectable Few – Glamour



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