I was on this show today – listen in while reading this perhaps!?
It’s pretty tough to keep up when doing radio and so I thought I’d do a little blog to explain better what I thought about the songs.
The Joanna Gruesome song was brilliant. I only say I don’t like the name cos I think it’s a joke name, and it’s totally not a joke band. They WON too, which was cool!
I’ve done a bunch of listening to them on the various webs and they’re aces. Proper decent noisy indie stuff. I hope to see them live very soon so I do.
Goodbye Chanel – I like this name less actually. But the song is something I have started to like. It’s like Paul said on the show though, perhaps something which should have happened a few years ago in New York.
Parks Squares and Alleys – I want to qualify that I’m totally aware of how a silly linguistic couplet can very well be dead popular and be seen as some kind of simple genius – see “around the world” “the rhythm is gonna getcha” etc… I think it’d be fun to hear this in Russian still, with perhaps having the chorus kept in English – so as to help him keep the interest over here. English speakers are generally lazy about another language in music and film, but not me.
Banks – Aside from the slow build it’s not the kind of stuff I’d go for. Blockbuster film music is a comment I stand by. I’d like to hear it with no vocals!
Ski Lodge – like Ducktails who I saw the other night, these are a US band making UK sounding music (to them) and it’s great. Loads of excellent references in there which I like and can’t put my finger on right now…
Ry-X has got me a bit moody. I had said on the show that it came close to my vote but I had meant Ski Lodge… or whatever I meant it wan’t this. I just don’t trust it! I trust it less, having taken a look at the video on the website. Someone said between Sigur Ros and Bon Iver. Well that’s a pretty tight gap these days… and I reckon it’s a very LA version of those two.
It reminds me of when someone really recommended Woodkid to me a while back and I was quite excited to listen. It’s totally stylised and self conscious and not a hair out of place. Like a Blue Man Group version of the above. The thing which makes me moody is that it seems to be making an attempt at a reality, an earthy atmospheric reality and it’s as synthetic as you can get. This is what it feels like to me right now.
Rue Royale’s song is a very good one, and I’ll be going to see them on 10 Sept. So should you! If I have a complaint here it might have been that they DID fall into the rut that everyone making this new folky stuff but this track had more, and I hope they’re able to play a bit more often with a band to thicken out the sound.