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Under Pressure

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2008 by tomstanford

Elbow are a band who’ve always been close to my heart. Their previous three albums, Asleep In The Back, Cast of Thousands, and Leaders of the Free World, have remained in the ‘go to’ section of my music collection (when i can’t be bothered to think about what to listen too) for ages. Not many bands make it into this imaginary section. Elbow do. So, I was hugely excited about hearing their new single ‘Grounds For Divorce’, yet I wasn’t ready for the huge impact this single was going to make. It’s superb. Simply superb. Instant and infecting. The guitar riff, which at first catches you by surprise, leaves you yearning to hear it again and again. It generally starts like many Elbow songs (certainly no bad thing!) with Guy Garvey’s gritty vocals, simple drums and plodding piano, then it kicks in…  

Elbow – Grounds For Divorce

Art Brut are a band who I’ve enjoyed live on numerous occasions, but I’ve always found their records a little difficult to listen to. Their new single ‘Pump Up The Volume’, which the band didn’t even realise was being released, is extremely different however as I can’t stop listening to it. Again a mighty guitar riff is key to this track, and responsible for my thorough enjoyment. Eddie Argos’ clever witty lyrics are a draw to, delivered in his usual deadpan style. My favourite line being the chorus… “i know i shouldn’t, is it so wrong, to break from your kiss, to turn up a pop song”.

Art Brut – Pump Up The Volume

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Born Ruffians are a band I really liked when their initial EP was released through XL last year. It seemed as if I was the only one though, as they quickly disapeared from the scene and failed to pick up a contract with XL for a full length. Now they’re back though with ‘Hummingbird’, a great little number which is coming out on Warp. More tender vocals, backed with Smiths-inspired guitar lines and great bass hooks, and more ideas per track then The Maccabees managed on a whole album. A second treat of theirs is also below (perhaps a better song too) which was sent to me recently. Ace. Both tracks feature on the forthcoming LP ‘Red, Yellow & Blue’ (great cover, crap title).

Born Ruffians – Hummingbird

Born Ruffians – Barnacle Goose

Blow Up Records are back with a new band, Silvery. Paul Tunkin’s Blow Up, famous for it’s club night at the Metro, (arguably) helping create Britpop and it’s series of genius compilations, have a great band on their hands here. It’s another indie pop gem and at under 2 minutes should be squeezed into most Indie DJ’s setlist.

Silvery – Horrors

Never been a massive fan of The Kills but their new single is ace. Just relentless bass. Brilliant.

The Kills – Cheap and Cheerful

Good to see The B52’s back. Even if they’re looking a bit too old for it now, they’ve still come up with a great single…

The B52’s – Funplex

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Finally, still listening to a lot of David Bowie. Do you think Noel Gallagher ever heard this track?

David Bowie – Cracked Actor