Whether these bands deserve one more day in the sun (i.e. “clearing that huge tax bill”) or not is kind of moot: it’s a shame that music-goers have been trained to hand over large wedges of cash in return for a once-in-a-lifetime billing by their teenage years’ favourite band, when they could be shuffling into tiny venues to see amazing new bands of tomorrow.
However, let’s not get too testy – Blur’s new song is actually as nice as you’d expect, and whilst Alex James celebrates getting one over his younger self, here’s some actually new bands to counterbalance proceedings:
FIRST: Kero Kero Bonito deserve endless kudos for writing a song about Laser Quest, the game of choice for over-aggressive sci-fi-geeked teens the world over.
It’s actually deeply pleasing to hear a band sporting such a retro-now electro sound with a sense of humour, and here is a song that is, at least, impossible to hate.
SECOND: Manchester’s Naymedici plough a bold furrow by choosing the boisterous drinking song as a starting point for their sound, but hey: it works, flat caps or none – so here’s a song to revel in after a skinful at your local.
THIRD: I have lingering suspicions that the bulk of cool songs at the moment are compiled from the same bank of copyright/royalty-free samples, so it’s thrilling to hear a band making their own rhythmic samples from camera shutter-release noises and other odd sources, just as the excellently monikered Curious Quail have done.
FOURTH: Balue‘s Worry Toobs begs one main question: what are ’Worry Toobs’? Sounds a bit pornographic to me, but who are we to ask such impertinent questions when the song itself is a summery, blissed-out stream of consciousness?