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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.
A band to catch our attention in the last six months has been the London based Vadoinmessico, a collective of musicians from all over – Italy, Mexico, Austria and Blighty itself. They play a mostly blissed out brand of indie-folk with Mediterranean connotations, and indeed their music does take the listener to a sunnier, better place. In fact, their name is Italian for ‘I Want To Go To Mexico’, which certainly fits in with such romanticism.
Their folky, acoustic leanings (and liberal use of a banjo in their arrangements) have led to recent comparisons with scene torchbearers Mumford & Sons and Aussie space cadets Empire Of The Sun, but this is of course lazy – their sound is unique and very much their own. It’s this individuality that won them a number of high profile showcases at SXSW just gone, as well as a couple of warm up in shows in New York prior to the industry free-for-all down in Austin.
Laissez Faire Club was at the majority of these gigs, and was so impressed we invited them to headline our first showcase at The Lock Tavern in Camden last Thursday 22nd, for what was in effect their UK homecoming after a well received jaunt in the US of A. Again, we were most taken with what we saw, as were the sizeable number who turned up to see them.
Check out the video below of their track In Spain, filmed at the Driskill Hotel during their time in Austin last month.