I remember Semifinalists. Back in the heady summer of 2006, I saw them a couple of times, including a performance at the very first End of the Road Festival where I was quietly blown away by their woozy psychadelic pop. A sort of low-budget Flaming Lips, with all the tunes, but no massive props or [...]
Your first impression of Lau may be of pretty traditional folk music, but they’re an adventurous bunch who are keen to explore the boundaries of their music. After their last full album Arc Light in 2009, they’ve embarked on a project to record three EPs with different people, showcasing different influences of their sound. The [...]
So there’s been plenty of internet chat about how the new Horrors song sounds like Simple Minds. There’s a lot of truth in this, and for the record I really like it. I’d never have imagined saying that about a Horrors tune, but there you go. Now if only their new album could end up [...]
Percussive Jumping. Cowbell. Feather head dress. Pew drumming. Pentecostal fervour. General madness. This is the best music video I’ve seen in ages. The song’s out now on Big Dada. Get it here.
Not Squares - Release the Bees from Bright Stem on Vimeo.
Here, Belfast’s premier synth destroyers return, having ditched their guitars, clutching a well-thumbed copy of Let’s Make it RAVE, and a cheap graphics package, and somehow contrive to make it awesome.
mp3: Not Squares - Bi Ki Na (Me Me Wee Wee WeeMix)
I’ve never really got along with Mystery Jets. Maybe it stems from the day I was trapped in the old Rough Trade shop in Covent Garden while they played one afternoon. That shop had only a narrow spiral staircase as an exit and my escape was blocked by scores of keen teens, so unimpressed of [...]
More Silver Columns firsts. After their first gig and first recorded live footage recently, now we have the no-longer-mysterious duo’s first official video. It’s not for their first single though - Cavalier is their third, out on Moshi Moshi next week. The previous two records have been lower key affairs, but now Adem and Johnny [...]
Silver Columns - Browbeaten (Live at Homegame 2010) from Song, by Toad on Vimeo.
The prize for most head-noddingly infectious song of last year surely must have gone to Brow Beaten by Silver Columns. Its curious blend of Moroder and Bronski Beat generated plenty of internet words, most of which were “who are they?”. Everyone knows [...]
Starting a record label seems to be a natural progression from the passion for music that drives a blog or website. Matthew, Song by Toad has been doing it for ages. Gorilla vs. Bear announced that he’s doing the same on Monday. And also this week, more interesting to me, comes the news of ILL [...]
Victoria & Jacob are messing with you. They almost had me fooled. Take a look at the picture and remember their name. You’re thinking whimsical acoustic-folky stuff aren’t you? No? What’s that - electro pop? Surely not? Well, not quite, that’s a bit misleading. Don’t expect to throw any dance moves, but do expect to [...]