Archive for March, 2011
Photo by Eric White
If you weren’t already aware, Ice Black Birds released their third single – the follow up to last summer’s LFC Records release, “As Birds We’d Be Fine” – last Monday 21st March.
Out on their own label, it’s called “22:22″ and has been a staple of their live set for the last twelve months or so – if you’ve seen them before, it’s the hard and fast one that reminds you of the youthful abandon captured on Kings Of Leon’s or The Vines’ debut LPs, all raspy vocals, pounding drums and charging guitars. The B-side, “SSW”, is more the more anthemic, big stage friendly number of the two, with an insistent guitar lick bound to get stuck inside your head upon first listen.
Fresh from their maiden Stateside tour, which took in shows in NYC (including a gig at the illustrious Mercury Lounge) and Austin for the SXSW Festival, the Birds are now back in the UK and gearing up for the summer festival season. If you’re in London or Brighton in the next week or so, the band play a Lyle And Scott curated event at XOYO on Cowper Street this Thursday 31st, and are launching the aforementioned release with a free entry show at The Green Door Store by the sea on Saturday evening (2 April).
If you’ve stumbled across the band through their recent international high-jinks, and like what you hear, it’s worth noting that we have a very small number of “As Birds We’d Be Fine” 7″s (to date the band’s only vinyl release) left over – see our label page for ordering links and info. The “22:22″ CD can be picked up here.
One of the bands no doubt making waves at SXSW this week are Athens, Georgia’s Reptar. The quartet have been around for only a short time, and already look like being on the verge of breaking out of their hometown scene, thus following in the footsteps of their city’s musical torchbearers REM.
This is unsurprising, really – fans of weird indie bands like Animal Collective, Passion Pit, MGMT, Modest Mouse and Wild Beasts will most likely find something in Reptar’s no-holds-barred, left-of-centre party electro racket to capture their attention.
Indeed, Animal Collective’s producer (on 2009′s critically lauded Merriweather Post Pavillion) Ben H. Allen came across the band and liked what he heard so much, he produced and put out a 7″ (‘Cannabis Canyon’ / ‘Houseboat Babies’) on his label Make Records Not Bombs last year. He’s also credited as being behind the desk on their forthcoming EP, ‘Oblange Fizz Y’all’, which sees the light of day on US indie label Quality Faucet shortly.
One of the tracks on there, ‘Stuck In My Id’, stopped us in our tracks when we heard the demo version of it a couple of months back. Now, Allen’s production gives it a bit of added depth and fizz which should see it have much the same effect on many others throughout the course of 2011. Check it out below.
Before headlining our debut Manchester show at The Castle Hotel last week (3 March), Dog Is Dead performed an acoustic session for our friends over at Crack In The Road in the upstairs room of the venue.
One of the songs they stripped down, ‘Hands Down’, was a highlight of their set later on in the evening – and displays their already impressive grasp of harmony, melody and hooks. It also recalls a good number of lauded acts of the last few years: Local Natives, Fleet Foxes, Mystery Jets and Mumford And Sons are just some names that spring to mind – a possible reason for the sudden outbreak of Dog Is Dead fever within the UK music industry. At the time of writing they remain unsigned, a status we don’t expect to last for too much longer.
The aforementioned track is sure to be omnipresent during the forthcoming summer festival season too, a large number of which they’re due to appear at. So learn the words now and look all smug when you’re standing in a field somewhere in the UK later on this year, alongside a whole bunch of boozed up lads waiting for the start of Kasabian’s set.
Check out a Crack In The Road’s review of the show here.
We at Laissez Faire Club have had a great start to 2011, and in the spirit of continuing to bring you the best new bands from across the globe, we’re returning to one of our favourite venues, The Windmill in Brixton, for a special four band bill THIS Monday the 14th.
All the acts come with a guarantee of being massive in around six months time – and are probably well on the way as we speak. If you want to be in the loop NOW, get this in your diary and grab a ticket below, for less than the price of a daily travel card.
::::: Various Cruelties
Brand new London four piece who’ve recently shared stages with Villagers, Mumford And Sons and The Vaccines. They play ‘shabby Motown pop’ that’s been compared to early Arctic Monkeys. Catch them now before the whole world goes potty over them.
:::: Terror Bird (Vancouver, CA)
A husband and wife duo from Vancouver, who play dark and arresting synth-led pop music. Their track ‘Shadows In The Hall’ featured on Rough Trade Shops’ recent ‘Synth Wave 10′ compilation. Tonight, they’ll be supporting a couple of recent releases (on Night School and Verulamium) on the latest leg of their European tour.
Bones are a new and exciting punky three piece recalling bands like The Runaways and Nirvana. They’ve already played with Tribes and at Koko (see clip below), having only been around for a few months.
::::: Night School Records
:::: Laissez Faire Club