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Blog Off!?: Final Countdown and guest DJs announced

 
By on Thursday, 18th March 2010 at 8:21 pm
 

Yes, you’re probably fed up of going on and on about Blog Off!? This Saturday night – Theregoesthefear’s first gig night at London’s Roundhouse with Victoria & Jacob, Jazica and Starlings all playing.

We were all geared up for Saturday night. Then a friend mentioned about the lack of between set entertainment, so rather than the classic “pop the ipod on shuffle” trick, we asked a few friends, dug around, called in a few favours and managed to blag the rather fantabulous Ou Est Le Swimming Pool to DJ between sets. Yes, that’s right, the same Ou Est Le Swimming Pool that finished in our top “10 for 2010” poll last year. The same Ou Est Le Swimming Pool that are supporting La Roux in a few months. Oh yes.

So, if you’re at a loss as to what to do on Saturday night, why not pop down to Camden’s Roundhouse studios to catch some ace live music? doors are at 7:30pm on 20th March 2010 and tickets are on sale now for those of you that like a discount and planning ahead – they’re just £5 now and will be £6 on the door. Or, if you don’t fancy paying, you can win one of two pairs of tickets to the event here.

You can order your tickets now on the Roundhouse’s website, or join the Facebook event.

 

10 for 2010: #10 – Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

 
By on Tuesday, 1st December 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

A couple of weeks back, we asked you to vote for your top 10 artists for 2010. We had almost 600 votes, and we’re now going to countdown the top 10 over the next 10 days, finishing with our number 1 on 10th December at midday. Today, kicking off the countdown, are Camden’s very own Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, who we first introduced back in September…

Ou Est Le Swimming PoolOu Est Le Swimming Pool are kinda of a big deal – out supporting La Roux on her UK tour at the moment, they manage to be that happy middle ground that keeps music snobs, clubbers and the casual pop fan happy and enthralled. Drawing on tonnes of 80s influences (Pet Shop Boys / Human League anyone?) but updated to modern standards (Passion Pit / La Roux style), they’re pretty darned amazing. Their debut single, “Dance the Way I Feel” has been remixed by Armand Van Helden, and you can’t help but feel that this is just the shallow end of the pool before they progress to the diving boards to show off all their skills.

Getting their name from French lessons, they don’t take themselves all too seriously… “It started in a French lesson,” begins the moustachioed keyboardist Joe. “I’d start banging out a beat and Caan would drop a bassline and our guitarist Charles would come up with these ridiculously funny lyrics, we just needed a name for it.” Luckily for the Camden-based trio, their teacher Monsieur Jones provided all the inspiration they needed. “He used to ask these questions, and we just went with what he was saying at the time, it was a bit of a joke really.” they told Clash magazine.

Take a listen to their other tracks and you’ll soon realise that “Dance the Way I Feel” is no one hit wonder – if you’re watching out for some hipster nerds with mainstream appeal in 2010, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool are your guys.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_M3Txktt8w[/youtube]

 

Bands to Watch #136: Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

 
By on Friday, 25th September 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

Ou Est Le Swimming PoolToday, we’d like to introduce Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

They Say:

If you could mix up Pet Shop Boys, Human League, Run DMC, Yazoo and Japan in a blender, with a side order of Ultravox, Liasons Dangereuses and Duran Duran, then I reckon you’d be somewhere near Le Pool’s sound.

Londonist Interview

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool are a shiny new electro- pop outfit hailing from North London. They’ve shared stages with the likes of Sam Sparro, Mr. Hudson, Cypress Hill and Reverend And The Makers as well as packing out their own gigs with their own brand of infectious pop.

Ou Est started life as a 3 piece when founding member Charles Haddon moved to Camden in 2008 where he met locals Joe Hutchinson and Caan Capan. Within a month of the trio’s paths first crossing, ‘Ou Est Le Swimming Pool’ was born. The band had just started to make music together when they met production wizard Anders Kallmark who was instantly spellbound and asked if he could come aboard.

– Press Release

We Say:
Drawing on tonnes of 80s influences (Pet Shop Boys / Human League anyone?) but updated to modern standards (Passion Pit / La Roux style), they’re pretty darned amazing. They are the sort of band that will keep both clubbers and music snobs happy, and this is just the reason they’ve been getting coverage from all good media outlets.

You Say:
Their new single, Dance the Way I Feel (for which we featured the video for yesterday), is out on 2nd November and has every right to be a massive hit. Put the date in your diary and buy it.

 

Video of the Moment #144: Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

 
By on Thursday, 24th September 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_M3Txktt8w[/youtube]

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool – Dance The Way I Feel

Heard this for the first time last night on Nick Grimshaw’s Radio 1 show as I was driving home from catching The Temper Trap in Bristol. Drawing on tonnes of 80s influences (Pet Shop Boys / Human League anyone?) but updated to modern standards (Passion Pit / La Roux style), it’s pretty darned amazing. I hope there are big things to come from this lot.

 
 
 

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