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Bands to keep a watch out for in the future: #2: Islands Lost At Sea

 
By on Friday, 13th April 2007 at 5:24 pm
 

Islands Lost at SeaThis year’s Road To V competition has been lining up pretty well, with some fab entrants that hopefully should make the shortlist and onto the TV.

Following on from yesterdays post about Bikini Black Special, today’s turn is for Bolton trio Islands Lost At Sea, who are like nothing else around at the moment. As they say themselves: “Islands Lost at Sea currently make the worst music of a genre that isn’t due to be fashionable for another six years” – its like Tom Waits playing Lemon Jelly, and boy is it good. Chilled out, jazzy and unique all at the same time – its like a radio 1 DJ’s wet dream to find something this unique and different.

Islands Lost at Sea claim that “Their method is to use an entirely unnecessary amount of instruments to make music that none of them like and that sound like nothing else” – yet whilst they may not like it, its stuff that can be equally loved in the clubs and on the festival stages… a British LCD soundsystem, with the indie appeal of a guitar band and the dancey appeal of an electro duo.

Whilst they’re decidely modest: they claim that “In music you can either make your name by being the first or being the best. Fifty years of musical miscarriages have proved that there is little point in the Islands pursuing the latter option”.

Why not check this band out whilst they’re still a quiet underground band?

(All quotes taken from their mySpace page)

 

Bands to keep a watch out for in the future: #1: Bikini Black Special

 
By on Thursday, 12th April 2007 at 4:14 pm
 

This year’s Road To V competition has been lining up pretty well, with some fab entrants that hopefully should make the shortlist and onto the TV.

One of my favourites is Leeds four piece Bikini Black Special, who have a great summery sound, and whilst aren’t necessarily the most innovative band going, their songs are great pop songs that are sure to set V festival on fire should they make it to open up the festival. They combine a touch of Kooks, a touch of Razorlight, as well as lots of other bands that critics always compare new bands to but I haven’t really listened to enough to compare them to.

My favourite is “Do What You Do”, a crowd sing along that is sure to get everyone going, though over on their myspace they really don’t have a dud song.

As they’re a relatively new band they haven’t had much hype around them, though ManchesterMusic.co.uk did describe them as having “60s inspired tunes flavoured with working class grit and just a touch of swagger”.

Hopefully things are looking up for this band – if they don’t make it onto the shortlist I won’t be a happy bunny.

Bikini Black Special

 
 
 

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