Saturday, 20 June 2015

Dim the lights

Excellent new US electro pop band Wild Ones have put out a teaser from their upcoming debut Heatwave EP that promises great things. No video as yet, but you can hear it on Soundcloud.

The EP will be out in August.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

I'm in the fucking band! Tomboy give it some attitude

Tomboy by Caitlin Bechtel
I recently had the pleasure of reviewing the debut E.P by Boston punk grrrls Tomboy for The F-Word, which I really, really enjoyed.

Their label, Ride The Snake, is in the process trying to sort out a UK distribution deal for the E.P, but in the meantime a stream of the E.P is available for your listening pleasure on The Le Sigh

There were a few bands who seemed to turn up around the twentieth anniversary of US riot grrrl in 2011 (riot grrrl didn't really arrive in the UK until 1992), and I do remember a band called Death of the Elephant who were OK but seemed a bit derivative to my ears.

But Tomboy are different. They are very much their own band, taking on board the legacies of post punk rock bands such as the Go-Go's and riot grrrl bands such as Bikini Kill while sounding fresh and inspiring and not derivative or slavish.

'I'm in the fucking band!' is a hilarious take on an infuriating subject, whereas 'Sweetie' achieves the unachievable by subverting Stooges style garage rock to unsettling affect.

I love this record, and I can't wait for it to be available to buy in the UK.