Archive for May, 2011

Introducing: The Static Jacks

We’re not sure why New Jersey garage-rock quartet The Static Jacks have to date not featured on these pages. In any case, there’s no time like the present, and with the fresh-faced, all-American four piece set to release their debut long player “If You’re Young” on 30 August in the States (through Fearless), this is probably as good a time as any to shout about them.

If you like your indie rock uncomplicated, impassioned and hook filled, you’ll most likely enjoy TSJ. Think The Clash, The Libertines, The Paddingtons and The Cribs with an American twist, or early Strokes. Vocalist Ian Devaney’s sing-it-like-you-mean-it, up-and-at-’em growl lures the listener in from the outset, before the water-tight musicianship and hooks bowl you over and leave you wanting more after the songs clock in at around three minutes (if that).

The band have been making waves on their native East Coast for a little while now, playing all the right shows: support slots with the likes of Titus Andronicus, Tokyo Police Club, The Futureheads and Young The Giant, as well as appearances at SXSW and the CMJ Music Marathon in 2010. A self-released, Andrew Maury produced EP in early 2010 contained a sure fire hit in ‘My Parents Lied’, no doubt keeping them on the radar of many an Internet tastemaker.

One suspects they’re building up a solid grass roots following at their side of the pond, before taking the show over to the UK and Europe later on this year (we’ll be keeping an eye out for any such news). In the meantime, check out ‘Girl Parts’, a free download they’ve just dished up, which features Ceci Gomez of Brooklyn punk outfit Beast Make Bomb on guest vocals, and is also a first taste of what to expect from their aforementioned debut album.

Girl Parts by thestaticjacks

MP3: The Static Jacks – Girl Parts
MP3: The Static Jacks – Into The Sun (demo)

Deep Sea Arcade at Laissez Faire Club: 16 May

Photography by Nicolas Elliott

Trawling through the Internet, we came across these photos of Sydney’s Deep Sea Arcade playing for us at The Social on Little Portland Street last Monday night. If you were there, you’ll know what a great set it was – fizzing with character and energy, and jam packed with tunes. We’re proud to have hosted one of their two debut London shows.

Their single, ‘Lonely In Your Arms’, sees the light of day in the UK this Monday 30th through New Music Club, and the band are currently rounding off their maiden Euro tour with an appearance at Primavera Sound in Barcelona this Saturday 28th.

Check out set highlight (and B-side to LIYA) ‘Keep On Walking’ Below – it’s been stuck in our head since they walked off stage at the gig.

Second LFC May show announced: The Victory, E2, Tuesday 24 May

We’ve announced a second May show (the first being tomorrow night at The Social): on Tuesday 24th, we’re heading out East onto Kingsland Road where we host a night at The Victory featuring Miami electro/space pop duo ANR, who are over in the UK for The Great Escape, and also to open for the likes of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Perfume Genius and Brother.

They’re also promoting their much lauded debut LP ‘Stay Kids’ (currently out on Something In Construction) – “all sorts of great, billowing melancholia and pop mastery” said US blog The Culture Of Me, whilst The Word piped up with “Any band that mingles Brian Wilson with Prince, ELP, Funkadelic and Giorgio Moroder is fine by us”. We’re not ones to usually argue with this kind of praise, and upon repeated listens, their material certainly stands up to it.

We’ve managed to pin them down for an exclusive London headline show in a 120 capacity pub – something not to be sniffed at, given the fact they’re in line to be the next big thing from the States after Resse’s Pieces.

ANR – “The Endless Field of Mercury” from Jamie Harley on Vimeo.

Support on the night comes from fast-rising atmospheric electro quartet Worship, who’ve just been on tour with Everything Everything (with whom they share management). Their songs, much like someone like Beach House, have the ability to transport you from inner city London to somewhere far more desolate and scenic. It’s an undeniable quality.

East London (via France) jazz electro duo MiAOW, who played an absolute stormer of a set for us at The Lock Tavern in August of last year, open the evening. If you managed to catch them at said performance, you’ll know it’ll be worth turning up early.

Advance tickets for this one are recommended – they can be snapped up here. If you’re coming, let us know by RSVP’ing to the Facebook event.

MP3: ANR – The Endless Field of Mercury (Single Edit)

Introducing: The Kill Van Kulls

For those of you who like your music Kid A inspired, chorus-devoid and ‘challenging’, look away now. Leave the room. In fact, run a mile. If you like your music fun, nostalgic and hook filled (that’s us), read on:

Manchester quartet The Kill Van Kulls (named after a tidal strait in the state of New York) are bringing back 80s power pop to 2k11 – you know, synths high in the mix, tantalising build ups to gargantuan choruses and an eye set firmly on the stadiums (and charts). They’ve got Simple Minds, Prince, Duran Duran and Ladyhawke dyed in the wool of their oversize T-shirts, and they don’t care who knows it.

The band haven’t been around for long and have seemingly risen up the ranks in a very organic, rather than a force fed, manner. You could say they’ve ‘come out of nowhere’ (as is often said about new bands without a big PR machine behind them), such is the lack or prior warning we’ve received of this saccharine assault on our senses.

The truth is; hard work, carefully selected gigs (they’ve shared stages with The Naked And Famous and Mona), decent blog coverage and most crucially solid songwriting, embodied partly on their stormer of a debut single, ‘Fool’s Wish’ (out on their own label; video above) appear to have endeared them to fans and industry folk alike, and as such has given them a seat at 2011’s ‘ones to watch’ table. The world of DIY it seems, if this is any kind of case study, is in rude health.

Wooden Heart by thekillvankulls

Vadoinmessico: Debut single + launch party at Dalston Boys Club, 18 May

London based but very international outfit Vadoinmessico (they’ve got members from Mexico, Italy, Austria and Blighty), who we introduced to you a year ago after their appearances at SXSW 2010 (via this blog and also at an LFC night at The Lock Tavern), have finally got round to recording and releasing their debut single.

‘Curling Up Your Spine’, the follow up to their self released 2010 EP, sees the light of day digitally on 16 May through T.O.D.O./Outcaste and comes just after their recent support slots with Anna Calvi at her two sold out Bush Hall dates. It also precedes their long-awaited debut full length, ‘Archaeology Of The Future’, which is slated for a late summer unveiling.

The single showcases what they do best; blissed out, psychedelic folk with transportive qualities (also seen on free download ‘The Adventure Of A Diver’, below). Indeed, if you’d like to be whisked away for a whole hour or so, the band are marking the occasion with a launch party on Wednesday 18 May at Dalston Boys Club (68 Boleyn Road, N16) in London. Entry is £5, although we’re informed you’ll get a download code for said single if you show up grinning from ear to ear with bells on. We’ll be first in line.

The Adventure Of A Diver by Vadoinmessico

MP3: Vadoinmessico – The Adventure Of A Diver

Tribes – “We Were Children”

Not since the heady days of The Others’ guerrilla gigs have people been so excited about a bunch of grubby Camdenites plugging in and playing in unconventional (and un-policed) settings: a few Sundays back, new London grunge revivalists and 90s fetishists Tribes (featuring a couple of members from the now defunct indie outfit Operahouse) filmed the video for their current single ‘We Were Children’ literally shouting from the rooftops to a large number of hastily-assembled revellers along Camden High Street.

Of course, it was social network site Facebook that mobilsed the party; a few days before, an event page notifying people of their intentions was circulating, with guests numbering in the several hundred. The page was then swiftly taken down, with a message sent to all attendees saying this was done to avoid the Rozzers catching wind of it all and to fear not, it was all still going ahead – surely only adding fuel to their already simmering fire.

The end result is seen in the above video; it appears everyday life ground to a halt for a short amount of time, and the band got the take they needed. It’d be easy to be cynical about it all, if the song wasn’t so damn good – huge choruses, nostalgic lyrics about being young in the mid 90s and some pretty emotive guitar lines get thrown together to create what is in effect one of ’11s best tracks to date.

We attended their ‘secret’ show at The Wheelbarrow this Saturday night just gone, and witnessed levels of beer-chucking devotion not seen since Pete and Carl took to the stage at Kentish Town Forum in 2003. It’s not only the underground who’ve got excited, either – behemoth Island Records recently picked them up and have just issued their debut EP (iTunes), with this song as its lead track. One suspects there’s a hell of a lot more to come, within the confines of the law or not.

Nightdriving (demo) by TRIBES

MP3: Tribes – Nightdriving (demo)

Escapists – “Post Gospel Blues”

One of our favourite bands in the capital, South London’s Escapists, have recorded a stripped down, acoustic version of one of their best songs (and live set highlight), Post Gospel Blues.

Those of you who managed to catch them at LFC in the past, most recently at Notting Hill Arts Club and The Macbeth (we interviewed them prior to the latter show here) at the end of January, will know they’re turning into quite the must-see live act. Quite often plugged in, beefed up and electric, this video should give you an indication of what you can expect from their softer, more pensive moments.

Aurally pleasing acoustic strums, glockenspiel chimes and front man Simon Glancy’s impassioned croon all combine to create what is a summer-smash in waiting. If you’re into bands like Mumford And Sons, Arcade Fire, Efterklang, Local Natives and Dog Is Dead, you could do much worse than lend this lot your ears for around 5 minutes.

Catch them at The Bull And Gate in Kentish Town on 31 May, and Catch in Shoreditch on 21 June.

Past LFC performance