Bands to Watch #391: Boredom

By on Thursday, 8th September 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

Art doesn’t happen in a vacuum, does it? And with respect to the most noble art form of them all (to us here at TGTF Towers, anyway), the statement is especially true when it comes to music. Over the last few weeks, there have been gentle burblings about some new electronic kids in town. Except they aren’t really new kids at all. Yet another band with an unGoogleable name, the disco-leaning Boredom comprises ex-Delphic singer and bassist James Cook and Melodic Records label manager Andy Moss.

As is becoming increasingly de rigueur in music, their new musical partnership was cemented by digital means. Emails passed back and forth between Cook’s current location Amsterdam and Moss’ Salford, as the pair realised they had “a shared love of Polish disco, ‘80s Japanese pop and Paradise garage mixes”. “We’ve been emailing each other tunes we liked for years”, explains Cook. “The common thread was always real musicianship woven into electronic, danceable tunes…that hint of a human being in there making mistakes that computers don’t.” An EP out next week represents their first foray into the electronic world as Boredom, and what’s been already revealed is anything but.

Title track and lead single ‘Geometry’ is icy in its precision instrumentally. This chilly air extends to the vocals, not coming into until well after the 2-and-a-half minute mark, harkening back to the disaffected vocals of Pet Shop Boys’ ‘West End Girls’. Except there’s a sinister sneering quality to the minor key, especially in the chorus, making it feel that much more dangerous: “it’s a sin, always a sin / to keep it in, so I feel it out”. With its glittering synths, ‘Turn Your Head’ is the more straightforward of the two original tracks, the funky as all heck bass line proving to be the true star of the show. While there’s been no talk of an album – yet – the next logical step for Boredom is to see what else they can come up with between the two of them. Watch this space.

The ‘Geometry’ EP by new Amsterdam / Salford act Boredom is scheduled for release on the 16th of September on Melodic Records. The 12” vinyl follows on the 30th of the month. For more information on the digital and physical versions of the EP, visit Melodic Records’ Web site.

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