Friday, 23 November 2007

Theories and Shambles...

Quick post really! Today I got Theoretical Girls new single "The Hypocrite". It is suffice to say quite brilliant; a singer/songwriter doing away with the warbles and whingeing and instead revelling in disenchantment and ethereal vocals. After being aware of TG for quite a while now it is lovely to see her brand of simplistic and dark compositions gaining a reputation. And she has the best hair.

Also went to see Babyshambles last night. Although it was in the far from filled MEN they still managed to make an intimate atmosphere. It was something of a novelty that they came on at the right time, Pete only fell over once and at one point Babyshambles (metaphorically)disappeared only to be replaced with a jazz-esque persona as they whisked through "There She Goes" and Pete preformed "Lost Art of Murder" acoustically; who knew Peter Doherty to be capable of not mumbling lyrics and playing complex guitar. Charming as ever and playing more than their quota of songs it is a return to form for them. Thank God!

Jade xx

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Summery Bands for the Winter

Littered with summery nuances and pretty choruses Brontosaurus Chorus evidently take inspiration from bands like Belle and Sebastian, Elastica and (although musically they aren’t as macabre or deep) Joy Division. These are the type of people you’d invite to a party, get drunk and force to play an assortment of instruments just to make you smile. Like a more innocent and less lyrically evolved Los Camp! songs such as “Now We’re Making Out” evoke warm nights and warm wine glistening on a sideboard whilst “David Bowie” is an utter hit (even if purely for writing a song about the legend that is). The female based vocals soar and dive over trumpets and violins and guitars and drums and cellos in a thoroughly heart-warming way! Formed in the summer of 2006 it is down to the listener to wonder how much of that time is captured in the balmy musings of songs like “Summer Skies” and the fab “Distortion Pop”.

Brontosaurus Chorus Myspace (YOU CAN DOWNLOAD “David Bowie” AND “Love is the Path” HERE!).
Bront C- Distortion Pop
Bront C- Now We're Making Out
A band which evokes a darker and slightly more sinister side to light-hearted indie-pop is The Royal We. Leaving hand-claps and “woo-hoos” like debris throughout their songs they are the epitome of strange and wonderful. “Baby take my arms/ Baby take my legs/ But please don’t take my baby ‘cos our love is all the rage/ All Right!” is just one example of the lyrics which surround this band. The accompanying video to “All the Rage” is equally disturbing with body parts (fake obviously) being scoffed down and a disembodied head singing prettily into the camera. Actual genius. “I Hate Rock and Roll” actually has rock’n’roll nodded too in the guitar arrangement at times (deliberate or not I’m not sure) whilst “Back and Forth Forever” takes a more laid back approach with duel vocals and gentle strums. Sadly they’ve already apparently called it a day but their Myspace has songs and videos to see and admire.

Jade xx