Sunday, 22 February 2009

Voltaire Twins

Australia. I want to move there. Not only are they giving us Tame Impala, Empire of the Sun and still ever popular Neighbours but now Voltaire Twins too? Stop spoiling us!
Sunny electro beats head up against duel-vocals and driving rhythms songs such as "The Kate Bush" are reminiscent of Ladytron-via-We Have Band.
"London" combines a more broody sound and murky message (basically, people are really stuck up and won't want to be friends with you)/ "You'll never be friends with them/ Like I am" they croon sweetly. It's "Disco Intelligent Light" though which transcends the 'electro' genre and creates an instant dancefloor classic- sweat, bad dancing and hands up in the air (like you just don't care) would surely be factors if this song got played.
There is something which separates them from the dance scene of the moment, an air of something more than the 'scene'. If John and Jehn took up the synth and strove to create messy, electronic driven music it might sound like this.
Jade xx

Vivian Girls

The epic task of avoiding essay writing lays before me and the perfect accompanyment to this lazy livin' is of course Vivian Girls. With their shouty-shouty pop they combine perfect meoldies under layers of scuz and feedback. A bit like the Beach Boys but, you know, girls and kickin' ass and stuff.
"Damaged" is a combination of loud guitar, harmonious yet slightly screeching vocals and thumping drums whilst "Where Do You Run To" has an edge of melacholy surrounding the lo-fi vocals and driving rhythm.
They combine a lo-fi, punk, garage-sound with a touch of femininity. Breaking out from the New York scene and producing art-rock for the twenty-first century they've managed to actually have songs to back up the the devil that is hype. Break-speed tempo and almost indistinguishable lyrics make for great music- the type that creates sweaty, jumping, beer spilling and raucous live shows. There are gorgeous harmonies beneath the layers of distortion with baleful vocals carrying the message that DIY punk is still as cool as ever. The type of music which makes you wanna avoid writing coursework, pick up a guitar (despite only knowing 3 chords), start your own garage band, grow your hair long, dyeit black and pretend the grunge scene of the 1990s is alive and well.
Jade xx

Sunday, 1 February 2009



With Interviews; The Virgins, We Have Band, Vivian Girls, Tame Impala. Also; KASMs, The Soft Pack, Mat Horne; Fashion; Music; and More!

Tame Impala

Take a great, big, dirty step back into the past. The hazy days of Woodstock, the incense infused 1960s. So you weren't alive? So what? With Tame Impala you can create a Summer of Love 2009 (or rather Winter, considering the month) but either way it's like kicking back with Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger.
Hailing from Oz these guys have all the summery goodness you might expect sans the cheesiness of Neighbours or Home and Away. They manage to encompass 60s psych and a fresh new sound as well; expect major comparisons to MGMT and Empire of the Sun but don't take too much notice- these guys have a sound in their own right (okay- owing a lot to the 60s) but still, it's chilled out Jim Morrison style makes up for everything.

If White Denim relaxed a bit they might sound a bit more like this. Simple riffs gliding over the patter of drums and the drawling vocals all compound the funky, fuzzy feedback and shoegaze vibe.
It's like one big acid trip without any of the consequences. Get involved!
TRACKS TO CHECK- Half Full Glass of Wine // Skeleton Tiger.