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Bands to Watch #70: Defend Moscow

 
By on Monday, 19th January 2009 at 2:22 pm
 

Defend Moscow (side)Defend Moscow‘s perfectly preened pop, colourfully tainted with a quirky electro edge is set to soar the airwaves this year. Like so many artists out there right now – such as Little Boots and Frankmusik – Defend Moscow are passionate about nostalgic 80s electro-pop. They cite everyone from Human League, Kylie and Frankie Goes to Hollywood as just some of their vintage influences. Looking for a more contemporary take on the band? Think chart-frequenters Alphabeat, only with a little more spice.

You only have to read the band’s MySpace blog to realise that Defend Moscow aren’t just your run of the mill, chart-friendly electro-pop group making hits about love and heartache. Lying behind hit track ‘Manifesto’ sits a much more deeper meaning. The song, set to be released next month, is infact about the Bolshevik revolutionary, Leon Trotsky and his downfall in the Soviet Union. Pretty intellectual, huh?

The band, who’s routes lay scattered across Europe (vocalist, Sofie Storaas is from Norway, while other band members call everywhere from London to Paris home), have bagged support slots with Sam Sparro, Sneaky Sound System, Team Waterpolo (who we caught them supporting last October) and The Wombats. This year, Defend Moscow are preparing to embark on their own major tour, but until then, you can currently check them out at a few scattered club dates through January and February. See their MySpace for more details, and while you’re there, check out four super awesome tracks the band have uploaded, including single ‘Manifesto’ I told you about earlier.

The band have recently expressed their hopes to lead an electro-pop revolution. Listening to them – it sounds very much possible that they could achieve just that this 2009.

 

Bands to Watch #63: Little Boots

 
By on Monday, 5th January 2009 at 1:19 pm
 

Little BootsDisco queen, Victoria Hesketh, better known as Little Boots, is rapidly taking the music scene by storm with her sweet electro beats. She’s been labelled the British Kylie and Little Boots’ synth-based pop is certainly a Minogue chart contender.

Born in Blackpool, Hesketh has quite a colourful music past. She’s been a Pop Idol contestant, a former member of dance band Dead Disco and has recently blagged Joe Goddard of Hot Chip as her new musical producer. In fact Joe – who’s personal hits include Over and Over and and Ready For The Floors – is so fond of Little Boots that he’s hailed Victoria as the future of British pop. Quite a claim – but it’s certainly a worthy one. Little Boots has expressed her love for current chart pop, such as Sugababes and Girls Aloud, but she believes her music is injected with more personality. And Victoria certainly is a glittery character.

A particularly exciting thing about Little Boots is her use of a range of mystical instruments when creating her sparkly sounds – including the Dubreq Stylophone, made popular by the genius that is Rolf Harris, and a Tenori-O, a super cool LED switch based invention allowing for the creation of “visible music”. Check out Little Boots acclaimed kooky performance using said instruments, on Jools Holland, below:

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Little Boots is yet to release an album, although one is pretty much guaranteed out this year thanks to the critical acclaim she is currently lapping up – including a BBC Sound of 2009 nomination. In the meantime though, never fear, as you can purchase her digital, 3 track EP over at Amazon now for just £1.69.The EP includes the track you just saw Victoria performing, Meddle, and 2 other tunes – Stuck on Repeat and Love Kills. If you want to learn more about Little Boots in general, check out her MySpace here

 

Bands to Watch #57 – Alessi’s Ark

 
By on Monday, 22nd December 2008 at 5:47 pm
 

Alessi's ArkMySpace has become astonishingly famous for its music scene and it has given us many great acts. Another one of those acts is Alessi’s Ark who promises to be a fantastic prospect for 2009.  Alessi Laurent-Marke is the singer/guitarist behind the music sensation and she has already been tipped to be the next Laura Marling without even releasing a single.

Her first single “The Horse” is now out and it is a favourite to take the charts by storm. Her first ever song though “Glendora” started off as a GCSE music project and it easily deserves an A*. Influences like Arcade Fire are at times evident in Alessi’s work but it is simply unique. It is important to remember that this music genius is just 18. Psychedelic folk music is one way to describe her music but it still doesn’t seem to quite sum it up.

The sheer variety and talent that Alessi already has is incredible. Her first album is set to be a big hit and should see her break through with ease but we could be looking at a star for the future as it seems that she is far from a one album wonder. Her vocals are superbly in tune and plenty of character also comes through but it is also great to see some elaborate guitar work as well. Alessi is simply one of a kind and if you think you have already heard the best pop/folk sensation then think again.

 

Bands to Watch #48 – Stars and Sons

 
By on Thursday, 27th November 2008 at 3:19 pm
 

Stars and Sons is the creation of Brighton boy wonder Mike Lord. His commitment to the band cannot be questioned as he has sacrificed previous careers such as a refuse disposal coordinator (bin man), telesales drone and ice-cream dude in a zoo located in Essex to make lush pop music on a budget in his bedroom. Like all bands and artists, Stars and Sons have a list of influences longer than an arm and a leg. My Bloody Valentine, Ben Folds Five and the Flaming Lips seemed to of had a big impression on the band and mixing those artists together sounds something like Stars and Sons.

In my opinion, the best track these guys have produced is “In the Ocean” which displays everything the band stand for. Upbeat vocal melodies and chirpy guitar chords make it hard to hate while songs like “It’s good for me” and “Out of view” show the band has a solid foundation of hits to build on.

The reason I love this band most is the blend of rocky guitars, intellectual lyrics and elegant piano licks. Yes it is an odd formula but it works extremely well alongside the odd crazy electronic synthesizer sound.

It’s hard for these guys not to grab your attention; whether it’s that weird mask they often hide behind (pictured right), or just the unique music they produce. Whether you like them or not you have got to give them credit for the innovation and freshness they seem to emit with ease.

I for one hope these guys go on to get their riches and you yourself can donate money to them on the bands MySpace.

 

Bands To Watch #47 – The Pipettes

 
By on Wednesday, 26th November 2008 at 5:49 pm
 

If you have not heard of The Pipettes then where have you been? The Pipettes are an all girl pop group with a difference. They are supported by a talented band called The Cassettes and their stylish pop feels like it has been tele-ported from the 1950’s pop scene with the odd modern synth here and there. They sound like they could be the beach boys sisters and they’re certainly as talented.

The Pipettes’ music is ridiculously catchy and jolly and normally this type of music puts a cringe on my face but there is something about it that makes it captivating. The girls talent has been widely recognised and tracks like “Dirty Mind” have featured on Grey’s Anatomy. The girls harmonize beautifully well on tracks like “A Winters Sky”, but it’s clear that the girls strength is with upbeat pop songs rather than slower and softer tracks like this one. Still semi-ballads like “Tell Me What You Want” work pretty well and displays the groups variety and depth.

Gwenno is currently taking time out of the band to work on a solo album and the material I’ve heard suggests that the genre will be modern synthy pop. Personally, I’m not bothered about this album, I just want lots more drops of lovely music from The Pipettes.

I promise you that visiting their MySpace is the best way to brighten up your day.

 

Bands to Watch #45 – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

 
By on Friday, 21st November 2008 at 9:06 pm
 

What’s that cool song in the iPod touch commercial? This is what I have been asking myself for weeks. If you’ve seen the ad (click here to check it out), you know what we’re talking about: a grooving drum beat, bopping bass, funky horns, the all-important cowbell, and a female voice that assures us there are some “good, good times around the bend.”

They call themselves The Asteroids Galaxy Tour and their song ‘Around the Bend’ is catching on mighty quick. “It’s a song about sexual energy,” band member Lars Iversen explains, “An energy that you want so bad from someone, and you’d do whatever it takes to get it.” Fair enough I say. Actually I don’t care what the song is about because the fact that music is so chirpy and vibrant is good enough for me.

We are to remember the bands founders (Lars Iversen and Mette Lindberg) because the energy they produce is exceptional, even when without a band backing them up. It seems that they are not here for the short term and are far from a one hit wonder. Just check out their MySpace to have this proven. The band was once a support act for Amy Winehouse but I am sure it should have been the other way around. The bands alternative tone does not sound like music for the future or music from the past. This is music for now!

You can catch the band at the London Barfly on the 26th November. It won’t be one to miss.

 
 
 

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