Bands to Watch #166: Insect Guide

By on Monday, 22nd March 2010 at 12:00 pm

Dark. Indie. Shoegaze. Pop. If any of these words grab at you, then take note of Insect Guide, a three-piece band hailing from Leeds who are set to release their second album, ‘Dark Days & Nights’ this May.

The band received widespread praise and recognition for debut album ‘6ft in Love’ in November 2007, and their momentum in the musical underground clearly hasn’t slowed down since, having released a limited EP of remixes by Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3/Spectrum) in 2008.

Now with their future sophomore release, the band brings their distinctive skills and veteran know-how of flowing into the mainstream. Title track and upcoming single ‘Dark Days & Nights’ is a moody, poignant tune which talks of ‘sticky club floors’ and see-through love, all while being beautifully smashed up against an atmospheric wall of sound.

Meanwhile, ‘This City’ offers a distinctive blend of sounds raining down from the pop clouds. Clocking in just over two minutes, the track carries kind of infectious riff reminiscent of 1980s English post-punk band, Psychedelic Furs.

Finally, for those of you who remember the time when Manchester indie-rock band James hit their ‘commercial’ peak in the mid ‘90s -or if you just simply have great taste and are a fan of the band – listen to Insect Guide’s ‘Down From Here’ and try to convince me that the fantastic drum line doesn’t resemble ‘Sometimes’ from the glorious ‘Laid’ album. As with the band’s previous tracks, ‘Down From Here’ offers a supersonic collision of chaos and beauty, making the overall song poppy and very much accessible.

To think that I’ve been blown away by just sampling of songs from the band’s forthcoming album is quite remarkable. Needless to say, I look forward to enjoying their full LP, as I’m sure many others will too.

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