TRACK OF THE DAY – Wildhoney – Laura


Half Man Half Biscuit  memorably bemoaned the fact that certain names have been sadly neglected by songwriters over the years . And they set about  addressing the issue  by penning  ‘Ode To Joyce’  – “Hey Joyce/ Rock and Roll never gave you a voice/It’s never given you so much as a lament/So I went to the store/And I bought a guitar/To bestow this accolade on you”.  The name ‘Laura’ on the other hand, seems to have been drawn songwriters to it like musical moths to a flame.

From the words of a dying teenager on Ricky Vallence’s dark as f**k  “Tell Laura I Love Her” through to Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, Fields of the Nephilim , Lush and more recently artists such as Bat For Lashes, The Scissor Sisters, and Marnie have all taken inspiration from  various ‘Lauras.’   Joining that list is Baltimore’s Wildhoney, who may have been tagged as dreamy shoegazers, but actually combine the ethereal with power, noise and burnished pop melodies of depth and substance. This is the point where you’d perhaps expect a dreary fanboy description on the technical challenges of creating such a beautifully layered sound. But let’s face it that would make us sound like utter wankers and besides we’d rather just enjoy the emotional effect of the music rather than wack off about what sort of guitar pedals may or may not have been employed.   The band have already released their debut album Sleep Through It  earlier this year and ‘Laura’ comes from their new 6 track Ep  entitled ‘Your Face Sideways’


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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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