(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #321: The Voyeurs

By on Wednesday, 7th January 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

I’m always going to struggle with a band whose name effectively boils down to the practice of obtaining sexual gratification by looking at sexual objects or acts, especially secretively. But if I turned away at every band with a silly or lecherous name, I’d probably have a far blander musical palette. [John also introduced us to Casual Sex in TGTF’s SXSW 2014 coverage. – Ed.]

The Voyeurs are a tricky bunch, fusing art rock and an uncanny swagger that you wouldn’t expect from a band who’ve just released their second album ‘Rhubarb Rhubarb’ on Heavenly Recordings. The trio of East Londoners have irrefutably been influenced by other floppy haired bands with silly round glasses who’ve come from the area, ala The Horrors.

But the place where the biggest similarity can be drawn is between this group and another group of rather unlikely British lads who struck gold in America, much in the way I expect The Voyeurs to at SXSW 2015 in March in Austin. They are Franz Ferdinand and if you close your eyes and listen gently then the riffs on ‘Pete the Pugilist’ and ‘Train to Minsk’ can almost correlate perfectly with some of the guitar work on the Scots’ self-titled album and their seminal effort, ‘You Could Have It So Much Better’.

High praise for a group who seem to come up with these melancholy phrases when they please, littering their most recent album ‘Rhubarb Rhubarb’ with them. Again, not sure on the name. They’ve got a different kind of mystery to them compared to a lot of the British acts making their way to SXSW, and for that fact are likely to draw a storm. Whether they will look a bit too much like sulky British adolescents, clad in their black turtlenecks and big circular rimmed glasses is yet to be seen; they’ll probably do best to avoid looking like Daniel O’Reilly (Dapper Laughs) when he went on Newsnight too. But their brand of sleazy art-pop is distinctly un-American, so whether it goes down as well as bangers and mash on a warm day in Texas or more like Kentucky Fried Chicken bought when travelling through Victoria Station is yet to be seen.

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