Bands to Watch #35: Team Waterpolo

By on Monday, 20th October 2008 at 9:35 pm
 

Team Waterpolo are the best thing to come out of Lancashire since the hotpot. And the two are strikingly similar, I’ll have you know.

Take the humble hotpot: Dice some lamb, add a couple of spuds and an onion for a taste sensation.

Take our Preston lads: Throw in some Wu Tang Clan, a pinch of Muddy Waters and a dash of The Beach Boys. This too gives an explosion for the senses.

But unlike this age-old pub grub, these lads are fresh, they’re funky and man do they have some killer tunes.

The school friends have been busy bees since they formed in 2007. A whirlwind of gigs, Radio One airplays and an NME soft spot for the hot pot foursome have brought them crashing down onto the radar.

All this attention would be meaningless if the music wasn’t up to scratch. But it’s supported by an invigorating sound that you won’t find in today’s culture of generic artists and 3-minute wonders.

It is hip hop, dance, punk, indie, new wave and a lot of pop. The music does not take itself too seriously but still manages to sound rich and inspired.

“Team Waterpolo will be splashing around in the mainstream by the end of the year,” say The Guardian.

“A youthful, eight-legged pop machine running on pure enthusiasm,” say NME.

Team Waterpolo have yet to release an album but can be found touring their way around the clubs of Blighty.

Be there or be square.

New single, So Called Summer is released on 27th October. We caught Team Waterpolo at Oxford Academy the other week – have a read of our review here.

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