Archive for April 4th, 2006

April 4, 2006

SEMIFINALISTS – You Said (7″ Single)

You Said CoverV2 VVR5036257: 27th March 2006
1. You Said
"I wanted to tell you still, I probably never will"
2. Whispering Mice
"Words unspoken, like mice whispering"

'You Said' comes on like a gentle summer pop gem but it actually totally rocks. I found my self hitting my desk along to the drums and playing air guitar. It starts off with some monk like chanting that sounds a bit Jason Pierce. The bit where the drums come in at 2.43, wow.

'Whispering Mice' starts with more thundering drums, which reoccur later and threaten to erupt into a cacophony. At 49 seconds in, there is a heartbreaking guitar part. Then the song just ends, this isn't even 2 minutes long, why, oh why? Short and sweet.

Once again, the beautiful packaging of this 7" rivals The Arcade Fire.

Semifinalists Website / Semifinalists MySpace Page

April 4, 2006

THE ON-OFFS – This Town / Grow Your Own (7″ Single)

This Town / Grow Your Own CoverLabel Fandango GALAGOS003: 27th February 2006
1. This Town
"I've been standing in the corner, I've been talking to the daughter, I’ve thinking I'm the bee's knees, must be something in the water"
2. Grow Your Own
"Take a look at our sweet world, look at all the boys and girls"

The On-Offs sound most like The Jam, but unlike The Rifles they make that a good thing. They absolutely thrash their instruments in frustration. 'This Town' is a story of hedonistic weekends spent trying to escape the drudgery of the week. On 'Grow Your Own' a hint of The Coral is added to the Jam/Kinks mix. 'Grow Your Own' is available to download using the link below. There are also three other tracks showing off their punk and Beatles sides.

54 Hours
Wrong Upstairs
Grow Your Own

The On-Offs Website / The On-Offs MySpace Page

April 4, 2006

SUNNY DAY SETS FIRE – Brainless (7″ Single)

Brainless CoverBrikabrak BRK001: 27th February 2006
1. Brainless
"See, a story when I tell you I don't wanna be brainless"
2. Nations Underground
"I hear the trumpets sound, to wake the nations underground"

'Brainless' is wonderful mix of acoustic guitars, brass, strange sound effects and quite possibly The Chipmunks. It's the same sort of thing as other Quirk-Pop* bands such as The Flaming Lips and Misty's Big Adventure. Two thirds through you're hit with a killer solo that someone like Slash would be proud of. Fortunately it's made with different bizarre effects so it doesn't upset the weirdness. My dad heard a few seconds of the solo and I later found him humming it to himself (Praise indeed!).

'Nations Underground's female vocal sounds like it's done by Victoria Bergsman from The Concretes. But I assume it's actually done by female band member Onyee (From Hong-Kong). It's the sound of the sun coming up and the world coming alive.

Fly Fly Fly
Green Clouds

*© (I retain the copyright on all further uses of the term "Quirk-Pop" including reproduction, modification, distribution, or republication without the prior written permission of me, so there!)

Sunny Day Sets Fire Website / Sunny Day Sets Fire MySpace Page