This band is relatively new, having only formed at the tail end of last year. I had heard of them, but I never got around to looking them up. Meanwhile, for some reason I haven’t been getting any inbox notifications, so I checked it today to find a message recommending them.
I am tempted just to mash the keyboard in all caps due to the fact that it’s what usually happens when someone gets excited about something on the internet.
The vocals! I am so in love with the vocals here. I can’t immediately think of a good comparison for them, which can only be a good thing. The rumbling drums make such a great pairing.
I am so happy that they’re from London, too. Hopefully I can see them play a show sometime soon. I look forward to finding out how their live performance is shaping up.
Zoëtrøpe are a London based three piece no wave band, who formed last year. They have been consistent on the local gig circuit since their formation, slowly but surely building a cult following. As a special bonus to their first single, they gave away free pairs of personalized pants with giant “Z“‘s on the butt. D.I.Y lives.
This is the release in question and is available to download here.
The Choo Choo Trains- (All I Ever Think About Is) Rabbits
The Choo Choo Trains are a London based trio, and are probably the best reason I will ever have to use the term “Ones to watch”. I have seen them live a few times over the past few years, and every time each member of the audience was completely fixated. So it is great to see them gaining more and more attention.
It’s difficult to describe them without defaulting them as twee, although it leans much more towards 60s influences of girl groups and surf. It’s hard to avoid words like cute when they’ve got songs entitled such as this, “Cherry Pie” and “Rocket Bicycle”. There is a naive sort of mood that they en-capture, but they are all individually skilled musicians. It’s not all sunshine and lollipops underneath the veil, as the subject material captures a more lonely outlook. It is very bittersweet.
They’ve recently debuted their first release with a very D.I.Y. style cassette. It is most certainly recommended that you see them live, to best understand this gem of a band.
I’m playing my records down at Sick Club later this month. It’s a new monthly night hosted by the amazing Dee Sada of Blue On Blue. It’s March 24th at Catch in Shoreditch, London.
There are a few bands playing and best of all, it’s completely free.
It should be a fun night, especially if you like your DJs to not have a clue what they’re doing with the equipment, in an environment they would otherwise usually avoid. Hahaaaaaaaa. I kid, kinda. Seriously though, everything else will be really cool!
What I’ve found greatest about starting this blog is realizing how many of the bands I’ve wanted to showcase are based in London (VF are actually from Scotland). Although, it does mean I should probably make more of an effort to go to more gigs.
In fact, the first time I heard of this band, they were opening for my friends about two years ago. They are fantastic live, so I would definitely recommend you see them if they come to town.
This is the lead single off their self titled debut LP.