>WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and The Unicorns!


What Happened Next?
In some ways it’d be just hunky-dory to have picked out, on A New Band A Day, the bands that go on too be become the Next Big Thing; it may also, of course, result in having the knowledge that we introduced you to, say, the ‘New Keane‘ on our conscience.
That kind of dubious distinction is best left to your local ‘alternative’ radio station, with their suspiciously close collaborations with PR companies, professional ‘tastemakers’ and the ‘Ones To Watch’ page of the NME.
We try and bring you the scraps, the mongrels – the bands who might never be cool enough to be huge, but make music you won’t want to miss. So, as such, most of the bands we feature don’t manage to get to the stage where they can record their difficult second album with Mark Ronson, but such is life.

Occasionally, though, we nearly get it right. Here are two bands that actually went on to bigger and better things after being featured on ANBAD. There is a strong possibility that these two events are not linked in any way.


‘Yum Yum’ was the cut and thrust of our slightly soporific review of TPOBPAH back in July last year. Namedropping Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and Kurt Cobain all in one review was always going to be an indicator of real quality, and so it proved.

They’ve just released their eponymous debut, and even hoity-toity Pitchfork went a bit weak at the knees for them too. They’re now squeezing their woozy, warm and close songs into millions of lives, everywhere. Good for them.

The Unicorns were featured as part of the Great ANBAD Fuck-Up of November 2008 and as such, their What Happened Next featurette ought perhaps to be named ‘What Happened Prior To What Never Happened Next’. This is because The Unicorns had already split, and due to an administrative error* I hadn’t noticed this.

But, ever resourceful, the dissolved Unicorns had split and reformed as the super Islands, who are no minor success – they’re great, are signed to Rough Trade and are touring all over the world.

*pure, unadulterated idiocy
The moral to this tale? Sometimes, despite ourselves, we pick out bands that have mass appeal. This is probably a good thing, and a long, successful and respected career in A&R awaits. Until then, we’ll keep on grinding through the day-glo hell that is Myspace and find you the best, most interesting new bands every day!
PS: If you feel like delving back into ANBAD’s murky past and seeing if there’s any great bands you might have missed, check out the Archive. And for edited highlights, have a butcher’s at the ANBAD eBook here!
POBPAH Photo: Annie Powers

>WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Glam Chops and Dinosaur Pile-Up!

>Some of the bands we have on A New Band A Day appear, brightly, like a shooting star – fleeting, brilliant, then vanishing forever. This makes us a bit sad, and yet happy that they made lovely music in the first place.

Some go on to bigger, more exciting things. This makes us happy, but also brings out the unbearable music snob in us, and, disappointed now that everyone else likes them, spends hours yapping on about how we liked them before they were famous, yeah?

Anyway, once we’ve featured bands on ANBAD, we don’t just toss them to one side and move on – we leave that for the rock stars to do with the groupies. So we’re going to be running a typically unscheduled series detailing what happened next to some of those bands, called, inevitably, What Happened Next? Today, then, two tasty bands, one of which has a SUPER XMAS FREEBIE!


Dinosaur Pile-Up were Band of The Day in April, when, despite grinding out big ‘n’ tasty rock songs like My Rock And Roll, they were surprisingly unsigned. The lesson to be learnt here is that if you do grind out songs like My Rock And Roll, it’s only a matter of time until a great label like, say, Rough Trade snap you up and release it properly, which is what happened.

They’re now touring everywhere and being played on national radio and everything. You’ll probably hear them growling their way through your town soon, and then you can tell everyone how you heard about them on ANBAD ages ago, and how you liked them before they were famous, yeah?


Glam Chops: Eddie Argos-from-Art-Brut and David Devant-from- David-Devant-and- His-Spirit-Wife‘s (yes, those are their full surnames) band, were New Band Of The Day in August. Since then, they’ve toured their big, crunchy ‘n’ dumb Glam sound all over the place, to rapturous acclaim from some gig-goers, and looks of utter bewilderment from the drunk 50-year old guys swigging cider at the back, worried that the last 30 years was all a dream.

As you’d expect from a Big Value Band like Glam Chops, they’ve not only released one Christmas single, but two! And even more fabulously, they’re both free! Get them here!

So there you have it: proof that sometimes ANBAD doesn’t just pluck bands out purely because they have a joke name or a cute singer, but because they might be actually good. Who’da thunk it? And for more reminiscing over ANBAD‘s eagle-eyed, star-spotting past, have a browse through the ANBAD eBook! Huzzah!