Archive for October 24th, 2006

October 24, 2006

LUXEMBOURG – Sick Of DIY (CD Single)

Dog Box BOX15CD: 16th October 2006
1. Sick Of DIY
“It’s not flattering, I took a battering, at the back of the top of the number 31”
2. Fingers
“Don’t get that ring engraved for me dear, not me dear, and leave your armchairs where they are, they’re fine”
3. Changing Trains
“On the coastal path, and later on the beach, something kind is said, and then the subject must be changed”

At last, I hold in my hands another single from the brilliant and as yet criminally unnoticed Luxembourg. Once again it’s another spectacular display of David Shah’s searingly emotional voice. Listen to the way he lovingly croons the word “Sweet” and then the way he shivers the word “Bitter”. The Synths are like towers of shining Crystal, particularly on the epic solo, and the Drums are thrilling (They had me air-drumming anyway). The lyrics are full of the usual subtle wit, with lines like “I’m all wrong, but you are alright” and unless I’m very much mistaken they have a double meaning, as Swiss Tony once said “Hanging wallpaper is also very much like… etc”.

‘Fingers’ is about pessimism and the fear of commitment, which is illustrated by lines like “I can’t help seeing the end in every beginning”. The interplay between the Strings and the Bass towards the end is so catchy. ‘Changing Trains’ has the kind of grace not heard since Antony & The Johnson’s last album. The production is stripped back to just a Piano and a Spanish Guitar and it’s one of the most haunting songs that they’ve produced so far.

Luxembourg have finally recorded their debut album proper (After 2004’s demo compilation, which would probably be in my top 10 albums of all time) and it’s called ‘Front’. You can buy it from the Dog Box site for £9.99 + P&P (Go on treat yourself).

Close-Cropped mp3
Success Is Never Enough (Edit) mp3
(I Need) A Little Bit More (Than You Can Give Me) mp3 (Essential, essential, essential!)
Pin Me Down mp3
Let Us Have It mp3
The Exhibitionist mp3
Faint Praise (Acoustic) mp3
We Are The Resistance (Acoustic) mp3 (Exclusive website download)

Luxembourg Website / Luxembourg MySpace Page
Dog Box Website / Dog Box MySpace Page

October 24, 2006

THE HOLLOWAYS – Generator (Re-Issue CD & 2x 7″ Singles)

TVT Records HOLLOCD2 / HOLLO2 / HOLLO2X: 16th October 2006
1. Generator
“When I was a young boy I got a stereo and I taped all the songs straight off the radio, the sounds that the bands made, and the melodies is all I need to make me feel free”
2. Kings Cross Cutie
“You’ve infected me, with your disease, now I can’t break free, your eyes imprison me”
3. I Should Say Something
“And would she have said yes, when wearing her white dress, if violence was included in his vows, I’m sure that she hates it, but she tolerates it, she’s married to him now”
4. All I Have To Do Is Dream
“I can make you mine, taste your lips of wine, any time, night or day, only trouble is, gee whiz, I’m dreaming my life away”
5. Pushing & Shoving
“I’m not tellin’ you how to lead your life, just respect one another, like sister and brother, I’m just tellin’ you what I see, but I’ll stop complaining, move to the country”

‘Generator’ came in at number 18 in my ‘Top 100 Tracks Of 2005’ and I said that it “Makes me feel 100% happier every time”. That’s still true and if you missed it last year this is your chance to get one of the most infectious, irresistible and life affirming songs of the past few years. ‘Generator’ is about the power of music to take you somewhere, to brighten your day and make you forget your troubles. The words about taping songs from the radio reminded me of times spent lunging for the stop-button on my tape deck before the DJ started talking. Somewhere in the loft is cassette I fondly remember recording at my auntie’s one summer with ‘Rocket Man’ by Elton John among other songs.

The Holloways last single was packed with fantastic B-sides and the four included here don’t disappoint either. ‘Kings Cross Cutie’ is a great little Brit Pop tune that you can hum. ‘I Should Say Something’ is about how easily we can all turn a blind eye to things like violence, antisocial behaviour and famine. ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’ is a cover of a song written by the great Boudeleaux Bryant and made famous by The Everly Brothers. The Holloways’ version isn’t as dream like as the original but the bouncy Pop sound is perhaps a better fit for the subtly comic lyrics. Pushing & Shoving’ is like Dirty Pretty Things… but good and the lyrics are asking us all to have a little more consideration for our fellow man (Fat chance!).

Click here to buy the single and it’s B-sides from 7Digital.

Click here to pre-order The Holloways’ debut album ‘So This Is Great Britain?’ from HMV for only £8.99.

The Holloways Website / The Holloways MySpace Page