Track Of The Day – Candy Says – Favourite Flavour

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We caught Candy Says during the Manchester leg of the Dot 2 Dot festival playing that ‘difficult’ early evening slot.  We were informed by singer Ju Ju that it was actually only about their third or fourth gig.  Not that you’d have been able to tell, as technically they certainly sounded like a band considerably more seasoned, but with the added advantage of exuding seemingly limitless enthusiasm, zest and Joie de vivre It was a performance that had has hooked from the get go, full of imagination, inventiveness, humour and of course fabulous pop tunes.  But not pop in the modern narrow traditional sense, this is off kilter literate pop, rich in melody, full of inventive, edgy energy and offering something rather different than the formulaic soul shrivelling guff that is oft touted as ‘pop genius’.  This is richer, deeper, more complex, comes from the right place and thus by definition is infinitely more interesting.

We are loathe to use the term ‘quirky’ to describe Candy Says,(we prefer  ‘experimental’) and if you do get a chance to catch them live we would urge you to do so.  Not only will you see a fantastic live show, packed with great tunes, you may also be offered free sweets, and quite possibly grab a cassette if they have any left.  That’s how we were introduced to today’s ‘Track of the Day ‘ Favourite Flavour’ a magical sweeping poetic tour de force combining fabulous harmonies with toe tapping melodies and tribal beats. Marvellous.

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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the VPME.com. 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 Currently writing for U.S. Magazine and website Under The Radar. Andy been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Regular podcasts can be found on Mixcloud and Spotify. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. He's also been moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, and a former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has been published worldwide wide and appeared in the likes of The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War.

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