Naïve New Beaters
Now we can occasionally be right miserable f**kers here at VP Towers, admittedly we occasionally subscribe to Thomas Hardy’s view that ” “All laughing comes from misapprehension. Rightly looked at there is no laughable thing under the sun.” But quirky French electro-pop-rap-trio Naive New Beaters latest video detailing the misadventures of a rather dissolute Mickey Mouse made us chortle with unbridled glee. Thankfully ‘Shit Happens’ is also a great song – an upbeat, infectious ear-worm shot through with the sort of anarchic mischief and hyperactive beats that recalls early Beastie Boys. Surely this is far more fun as festival sing-along- than fucking “New Born” or ” “Exit Music For A Film.” But maybe not quite middle class enough.
Mind you the band have toured with the likes of The Kills, Cassius, Miike Snow and Darwin Deez DEEZ and will soon open for Smashing Pumpkins French tour. They’ve also played some of the most prestigious festivals in the world including Glastonbury, Bestival, Primavera, Osheaga, Rock en Seine, Sziget, Dour and Benicassim.
Summer Of Blood.
Summer Of Blood are the new musical project of Reenie Hollis (ex Long Blondes, Bon-Bob Club, Nature Set) and Dafydd Spink (Nature Set) along with Ben Cockayne. ‘Let’s Get Lost’ is the first recording they’ve offered up as a free download the tight bastards ! (joke) It’s a laconic lo-fi , synth led number that starts off sounding like an early Human League Peel session, with Big Phil’s stentorian vocal replaced by Reenie’s sweetly seductive entreaty. So, “YES”
JUPITER – C – Insect Eyes.
More sinister synth driven music, this time from Jupiter -C who we featured a few weeks back. ‘Insect Eyes’ is a haunting, spectral, seductive slice of minimalist electronica with celestial vocals juxtaposed against a backdrop of dystopian synth riffs. Maybe Sune Rose Wagner was right when he stated he felt there’s been no real evolution in guitar music and that the most interesting, innovative and exciting sounds are being produced in the electronic musical sphere. Jupiter – C certainly add weight to that argument..and then some.
The Old Silent
This Liverpool based collective who formed in February 2013 certainly don’t sound like newcomers based on the sure-footed resplendence of their work thus far. Their début double A side single ‘Ever You’ / ‘Ill Wind’ drops on 17th June and is wistful, melancholic and genuinely rather beautiful. As they’re practically foetal we have little else to add, the music surely speaks for itself ..however vocalist and guitarist Ste Forshaw says “I was thinking about a relationship in hindsight after it’s breakdown, neither fondly nor unfavourably, just looking at both sides of it, with open eyes. It’s about the things you’ll miss and the things you won’t, the person you were for the other, who you can’t be anymore.” Which of course proves why musicians, poets and artists are far more interesting and sexier than say, accountants or Council officials.