STATS – 2 Minds

November 27, 2013 - 12:14 pm No Comments


FOR FANS OF: Wire, Talking Heads, Dutch Uncles.  Genre fans would do well to call it 21st century post punk art funk.  or something like that.

In a previous life, some of Stats were The Mules, and in the present day some of them can be spotted playing onstage with La Roux.  You can download their debut single, 2 Minds here, and see them live in That London there:

  • 29th Nov - Windmill, Brixton
  • 14th Dec - Victoria, Dalston
  • 15th Jan - Hoxton Bar & Kitchen

Natalie McCool – Wondrous Place (Billy Fury cover)

October 11, 2013 - 3:22 pm No Comments


It seems that Natalie McCool was a precocious child.  While her peers were presumably bopping along to Steps and B*witched, she was swooning over the ethereal sounds of Jeff Buckley, Cocteau Twins, PJ Harvey , The Stone Roses and unsurprisingly once you take a listen to her album sampler, Johnny Marr.

After bagging a grant from the Billy Fury Foundation, she decided to spend the cash on recording a hypnotic cover of Fury’s 1960 hit ‘Wondrous Place’.  All looping guitars and hushed, claustrophobia-inducing vocals, it’s not a million miles away from Romy from The xx’s lackadaisical delivery.

Thankfully, she doesn’t rely on the xx-isms too heavily (I have nothing against The xx, but you have to admit they pretty much made the same album twice).   The five-track album sampler below is more representative of her sound, which will sit very nicely with fans of Anna Calvi and St. Vincent.

Natalie is touring the UK in November.  Dates after the tunes.

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Smoke Fairies rarities double disc, UK tour and a ‘new’ old track.

July 11, 2013 - 5:01 pm 1 Comment

Smoke Fairies_Credit Line_Davide De Martis_1147_webSmoke Fairies are releasing a 2CD retrospective, entitled Ghosts, out on September 23rd.  It features their limited, long-sold-out 7″ singles on disc one – the ‘Frozen Heart EP’, their debut single ‘Living With Ghosts’ (the release that caught the ears of Jack White and inspired him to immediately whisk the band to Nashville to record for his Third Man Records label) and the amazing ‘Sunshine’ single. The keen-eyed (and American) amongst you will remember that the Smokes were selling a CD called Ghosts on their tour with Laura Marling in 2009.  There were only 500 of those back then.  Now you can get it with a second CD of the promised rarities – CD2 is a complete bonus disc of early studio sessions from 2007–08. These tracks were only ever sold at gigs or have never been released at all. One such track is the rather excellent ‘Good Man’, which is right down there yonder.

The band is taking these songs on tour in the UK in October.  This is a really rather special thing, as they don’t play these songs live much anymore, and they will be playing them in quirky little venues that are much smaller than they normally play.  Their good friends Rasputina will be supporting them on the tour, as well as joing them on stage for some cello-rock accompaniment.

Rasputina and Smoke Fairies met a couple of years back, when the former asked the latter support them in the US. Rasputina have been around for a fair whack.  Since the mid-90s, they supported Marilyn Manson and Robyn Hitchcock,  and Melora Creager, who has been described as ‘an incredible, beautiful, challenging, unmissable and truly innovative performer’ toured with Nirvana on their final tour.

In short:  it’ll be a good’un.



Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 12th July.

Caviare Days – When The Light Is Breaking (Ebbot Ludberg remix)

June 25, 2013 - 9:31 am No Comments

Caviare DaysIt’s very difficult to write about a band of harmonizing Swedish sisters without mentioning Abba, and while the vocals do bear a passing resemblance to Scandinavia’s most famous musical export, Caviare Days’ musical roots are on the other side of the Atlantic, and few decades further back. Taking their name from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1934 novel Tender Is The Night, Lina and Maja Westin formed Caviare Days in New York, where they spent a fair bit of their time composing music for fashion types providing 60s musical stylings to Michael Bastian’s mod-inspired collection for GANT and doing the odd bit of modelling.  

When The Light is Breaking is the the last track on their 2012 debut album, and has been given a Haight-Ashbury style revamp for a UK release by Ebbot Ludberg of The Soundtrack Of Our Lives.  It’s not clear whether their promised forthcoming album on UK label Mystic Sons is  their debut given a wider release outside of Sweden, but a quick scan around their Soundcloud page produces some sounds worth checking out.

For fans of: Besnard Lakes, The Raveonettes, Jefferson Airplane, The United States of America (the 60s avant-psych band), The Shocking Blue.


Speaking of Brighton…

June 24, 2013 - 12:16 pm No Comments

the wytchesI’ve been meaning to put something up about these guys for a while. I’ve been stuck in 1967 for a long time, and it’s nice to finally be joined by some fresh blood.

Brighton bands* seem to have much more of a penchant for noise than the synth-obsessed types clogging up the small venues in east London, and The Wytches embrace three elements that I’ve been missing for a while now: noise, noise and noise.

The White Stripes comparisons are inevitable (Nemone and Keith Cameron called them “White Stripes lite” or somesuch pithy laziness on Lamacq’s Roundtable a while back), and while Kristian Bell’s unhinged wailing does bear some similarity to Jack White’s fledgling days, the Wytches are far sludgier.

They’re playing the Tram & Social in Tooting on July 17th, amongst several other places that are not in south London, including Electroworks on June 26th supporting Black Angels.  Decisions, decisions.

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