Track Of The Day – Hillary And The Democrats – “Let’s Play Kubb”


The ladies have dominated the VPME’s “Track Of The Day” feature this week” so its time to redress the balance [slightly]with a track from Hillary and the Democrats. Despite the name they are neither female  or related to a certain American powerhouse family who make The Simpsons look well adjusted. They are in fact a Liverpool dwelling, indie-pop four-piece who are apparently “forged from the fires of Art Brut, Hefner, Weezer and XTC.”

This track “Let’s Play Kubb” isn’t an affectionate paean to Noughties indie band Kubb, but rather a homage to the game of the same name which is apparently huge in Sweden. The object of “Kubb” is  to knock over wooden blocks by throwing wooden sticks at them and ultimately “topple the king” (who we assume is made of wood and is not an actual King.)  Apparently it’s how the Vikings used to recover from all that looting and pillaging, perhaps they’d have been better off listening to a bit of music ? This breezy ditty would surely have lightened their mood as it’s one of those feel good tracks that makes you want to skip through a field of dandelions with your beloved and giggle as you smear ice cream on each other’s noses whilst being framed by a soft focus lens.  Of course if you tried this after you’ve been married for say,more than three years your missus would probably

  •  call the men in white coats or
  • call you an idiot and complain you’d smeared ice cream all over her expensive new blouse.

So in essence this song conjures up youthful high spirits, freedom  and fun, things that are but a faint childhood memory to us here in VP Towers.

“Let’s Play Kubb” is from the  Den Svenska EP  which is Hillary and the Democrats’ first physical release and follows on from their acclaimed debut download release, Ep de Paris. After appearing on the much-vaunted PMS Show on BBC Radio Merseyside, Hillary and the Democrats are set to play a string of spring and summer dates, as well as making a couple of appearances at this year’s festivals.

Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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