From the humble origins of one man and his laptop, the musical life of Galway based Lost Chord has been one of fusion and evolution as they carefully pieced together what is now a tight and formidable five man ensemble. This organic coming together of differing styles and influences in a creative melting pot is obvious throughout their debut EP, displaying comparably the constant mashing of genres with admirable depth and diversity.
Ignore the self-deprecating title of There is No Lost Chord as it’s clear from the off there certainly is and they are comfortable in any quarter, be it jumping from the urgent and frantic post-punk ‘Cheats’ to the melodic, cheerful and hook laden ‘You Do Not Do’ and ‘Up North’. Lyrically it’s brimming with bohemian tales of lust, infidelity, trepidation and well-meaning perversion, while the instrumental ingredient endeavours to convey in tandem those and similar sentiments. The angry and menacing ‘Records not Fear’, an eloquent attack on the industry of fads, cool lists and the fear of missing the boat heralds these skills to the fullest for all to hear.
While these guys like to mix it up style wise they can be most easily classified as ‘indie’, in its purist form that is, which after all is about doing your own thing without the suits of the majors corrupting musical integrity. It’s a result for their first offering and it will be interesting to see where they go from here, up next is the Dublin launch of the EP in The Twisted Pepper on April 10.
Mp3: Lost Chord – Records not Fear
I fortunately stumbled across this Siriusmo Mix on one of my favourite music blogs redthreat today and thought it was worth sharing with you. The mix is from Shir Khan’s Radioshow at Fritz: 23/3/2010 and it’s full of top quality tunes from the likes of Boys Noize, Erol Alkan, Les Rythmes Digitales, Squarepusher and loads of other gems that I’d been unaware of until now, always a sign to an excellent mixtape.
For the full tracklist —-> Go Here» thanks to redthreat
In the midst of my joyful discovery that Mystery Jets were playing Dublin I completely forgot about Band on an Island launching ‘Back Disco’ in Crawdaddy on the exact same night, it appears the curse of the Mystery Jets may have struck again and a rather tough decision is before me as there is no chance of catching both sets.
Band on an Island have been around for a number of years now and have gone through a number of personnel changes but are easily one of the best folk rock bands in Ireland today. The fusion of unlikely influences allows the band to jump from dark and angry tracks about frustration, often with anti-establishment undertones, to beautiful songs about the places and people they love from the town they grew up in. The bands real forte is their live performances so impressive are they that this year has seen them perform blistering sets supporting fellow Newbridge legends Luka Bloom and Christy Moore. Their last single ‘The Burning Shoulder’ reached #33 in the Irish chart, what are the chances of a repeat performance this time out?
‘Back Disco’ is taken from the superb Sound Sweep and is accompanied by the brand new B-side Chelsea Bards and is released on The Firstborn is Dead label and is available on 7″ vinyl and from itunes. You can read an interview I did with the lads earlier here
Following the demise of Milburn few would have been surprised if lead singer Joe Carnall withdrew from music altogether, simply packed his bags and took up the place he was offered at Cambridge. However he has proven to be made of tougher stuff than that, taking a place at Sheffield Uni allowing him to concentrate on his new musical project The Book Club. Initially a mere simple desire to write some new songs but as friends got involved in fleshing them out it was decided to take things more seriously, hence The Book Club were formed.
There are some similarities with his previous work i.e. his distinctive vocals and guitar playing but this isn’t Milburn part two. There is real lyrical progression and maturity displayed here in dealing with issues of greater substance than going out drinking and chatting up girls. At a first glance it appears the break from music has allowed him to hone his already notable talent for social commentary and story telling. There is also a greater political tinge sneaking in to the proceedings with tracks on the band’s debut EP dealing with the recession and the Hillsborough disaster, perhaps hanging out with Billy Bragg had a greater effect than most thought.
While unsure about the name of the band, I’m pretty excited about the few tracks I’ve heard and hopefully something really good comes from this.
Mp3: The Book Club – Anarchist
Mp3: The Book Club – The Test
The Book Club released their self-titled debut EP on March 19th and are currently touring the UK which includes my old haunt, Wrexham’s Central Station. You can get the rest of their demos from their MySpace.
I’m not normally one for bands getting back together because for the most part there generally awful and motivated by ego and the promise of a quick buck. There have been some notable exemptions to this rule such as blur last year and I have something of a cautious good feeling following the discovery through the Guardian, The Libertines are set to reform for a headline slot at the Reading and Leeds festival in August. Pete Doherty and Carl Barât have apparently put aside their differences for headline show. This will finally end years of rumours and speculation of a reunion since the split in 2004. It remains to be seen whether or not this actually works out because even back then it was rare for Doherty to make the gigs regularly.
Needless to say I am excited, Up The Bracket was in my opinion one of the best albums of the last decade and of critical importance to the rebirth and rejuvenation of the UK indie/rock music scene. Neither Doherty or Barât has really reached the heady heights of The Libertines since they went their separate ways with Babyshambles and Dirty Pretty Things, although Doherty’s solo album with Graham Coxon did come close. With talk of future gigs and possible new material it’s surely an outside bet that these guys will be at Electric Picnic, isn’t it?
Read the full article here
On the day that sees George Galloway’s ‘The Mother of All Talk Shows’ have its last broadcast before the general election in Britain (what will I do with my Sunday mornings?) some good news has thankfully arrived here at barrygruff towers. My mate and blogging extraordinaire Nialler9 has won his well-earned and deserved fourth best music blog award in a row at the Irish Blog Awards in Galway last night.
To celebrate no champagne or the like but here’s a tune from the memory banks of Ciarán Dwyer.
Full list of winners here
‘Ghouls’ is taken from Boe Weaver‘s self titled debut which has been playing away here non-stop at barrygruff towers. They make strange, exotic and heavy instrumental music with lashings of fuzzy northern soul, psychedelic surf rock, Krautrock jams and sound hugely influenced by spaghetti western and horror b-movie soundtracks. The album itself is something you’re not likely to have heard before, I will give it the justice it deserves at a later date but for now feast your eyes and ears on ‘Ghouls’, the video of which is magnificent akin to a psychedelic cocktail of Trigger Happy TV and Super Extra Bonus Party.