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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.

 

Live Review: Team Waterpolo at Oxford Zodiac Academy (12th October)

 
By on Sunday, 12th October 2008 at 11:32 pm
 

Ever since Academy Music Group have taken over Oxford’s Zodiac venue, I’ve had the chance to catch some amazing bands there – Wombats, Delays, Friendly Fires and tonight, Team Waterpolo. Granted, it wasn’t sold out – far from it – but they still put on a fast, frantic and pretty darned good show.

Defend Moscow opened up the evening, with glorious tunes that reminded me of a mixture between Canada’s Stars, Denmark’s Alphabeat and a few other bands that I can’t quite get my fingers on right now. Surprisingly good for a support act, they really are a band that I’ll have to check out again.

20 minutes later and Team Waterpolo come out – ready and raring to go. Opening with their introductory song “We’re Team Waterpolo”, they plunged their way through a 45 minute set of songs that are just begging to be heard by a bigger audience than the one they got this cold Sunday night.

“We came here to Oxford on the NME tour and just had to come back… you people are gorgeous. We were on the bus on the way in just looking at people thinking “wow”!” joked frontman Fred Davis after their first song. “Sorry if we look a bit sweaty – we got like no sleep last night as me and Lex had a bit of a heavy one!” To be honest though Fred, we’d never have noticed if you hadn’t have told us.

Current single “So Called Summer” was the penultimate song of the night, almost inspiring a mass singalong as Ruggero Lorenzini let off small cannons of confetti. Closing the set with a chaotic “Sink This Ship”, triumphant Team Waterpolo certainly won their match, but will they be back for the new championship next year? Only time will tell.

After the jump: Photos.

Continue reading Live Review: Team Waterpolo at Oxford Zodiac Academy (12th October)

 

Team Waterpolo / October UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 5th August 2008 at 8:20 pm
 

Rising stars Team Waterpolo have announced a string of UK dates for a massive October UK tour. Tickets are on sale now from the box office of the venues, priced between £6 and £7.50 each.

Catch them at:

Wednesday 1st October – Cambridge Soul Tree
Thursday 2nd October – Bedford Esquire
Friday 3rd October – Brighton Audio
Sunday 5th October – Southampton Joiners
Tuesday 7th October – Leicester Charlotte
Thursday 9th October – Cardiff Barfly
Friday 10th October – Northampton Roadmenders
Saturday 11th October – Wolverhampton Little Civic
Sunday 12th October – Oxford Academy
Monday 13th October – Liverpool Barfly
Tuesday 14th October – Birmingham Bar Academy
Wednesday 15th October – Newcastle Cluny
Thursday 16th October – Glasgow King Tuts
Friday 17th October – Nottingham Bodega
Saturday 18th October – Middlesborough
Sunday 19th October – York Fibbers
Monday 20th October – Sheffield Plug
Friday 24th October – Darlington Inside Out
Saturday 25th October – Stoke Sugarmill
Sunday 26th October – Bristol Academy 2
Monday 27th October – Manchester Night and Day
Tuesday 28th October – London 93 Feet East
Wednesday 29th October – Leeds Cockpit
Thursday 30th October – Preston 53 Degrees

 

Crystal Castles Headline NME New Noise Tour May 2008

 
By on Monday, 10th March 2008 at 8:45 pm
 

Crystal CastlesCrystal Castles have been anounced to be playing the first ever NME New Noise Tour in May this year. They’ll be joined by Friendly Fires, Team Waterpolo and White Lies for the jaunt around the UK.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday 11th March) at 9am from See Tickets.

Friday 2nd May – Oxford Carling Academy
Saturday 3rd May – Bristol Thekla
Sunday 4th May – Norwich Waterfront
Monday 5th May – Brighton Concorde 2
Tuesday 6th May – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Thursday 8th May – Birmingham Carling Academy 2
Saturday 10th May – Glasgow Arches
Sunday 11th May – Newcastle Carling Academy 2
Monday 12th May – Manchester Academy 2
Wednesday 14th May – London Mean Fiddler
Thursday 15th May – Stoke Sugarmill

 
 
 

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