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June 29, 2009

Rumble Strips – Welcome to the Walk Alone

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walkaloneRumble Strips – Welcome to the Walk Alone

Continuing 2009’s form of so-so indie bands moving away from the simplicity of their debuts in an attempt to create actual worthwhile music to last more than six months (see The Maccabees, Jack Penate etc), The Rumble Strips have slimmed down the fun, if fleeting brass pop of their debut to create an altogether darker record of proper emotion and 60s soul.

It’s no surprise to find the slick production is the master-work of Mark Ronson, who has done what he does best and take the pop song out the garage and put it on a West End stage. With the occasional horn of course. (more…)

June 23, 2009

Hip Parade interview

Filed under: Features,Interviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 7:43 pm

Hip Parade

No elephants? What kind of a parade is this?

No elephants? What kind of a parade is this?

They’re hip. They’re not a parade. That part doesn’t matter though – they’re The Hip Parade, and they’re the indie answer to Susan Boyle, though with less hair and more guitars. For like their fellow Scot, they too finished runner-up in a telly talent show. Fortunately, for the integrity of all involved, neither Simons Cowell nor Fuller were any way involved in Orange Unsigned – a Channel 4 show offering a platform for bands without a recording deal to get their music out to an eager public, and have it judged by Alex James and Lauren Laverne. The Hip Parade impressed all along the way, finishing second only to fellow Glaswegian Tommy Reilly, and now find themselves playing T in the Park, with even more exciting plans further ahead. Lead singer, Rob Shah, and guitarist, Dave Flavell, tell the tale of talent show success.

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Scott Matthews – Into the Firing Line/Is This Love?

Filed under: Single Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 7:32 pm

Scott Matthews – Into the Firing Line/Is This Love?

A double A side from the softly spoken folk singer/songwriter, showcases two distinct, but equally welcome performances.

Sounding like a less constipated Tom Baxter, Matthews has a sweet, radio friendly voice, though Into the Firing Line is stoked on a fire that sets light to a song of proper passion.

The Bob Marley cover that completes this double A side collection is a simple, back to basics number, that of course never touches the wonderful original, but offers a pleasant perspective on a work of genuine genius.

A decent couple of tunes, showing a variation many of Matthews’ peers lack, and real signs of potential.

7.0/10

Release Date: 13 Jul

Franz Ferdinand – Can’t Stop Feeling

Filed under: Single Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 7:26 pm

Franz Ferdinand – Can’t Stop Feeling

Another single from the quartet’s third album that seems to have seeped out of all consciousness, this effort is at least better than its woeful predecessor, No You Girls You Never Know.

It’s still as shoddy in its production though, with potentially beefy riffs subdued to childish rasps, exposing Alex Kapranos’ voice for the dry, tuneless annoyance it really is. Without the sparkling guitar of genuine hits like ‘Do You Want To’ and ‘Michael’, it’s horribly out of place, and grinds a message that the next decade will be minus one of the previous 10 years’ most exciting bands, unless they buck up their ideas fast.

They formed to make girls dance. Now they exist solely to put them to sleep.

4.1/10

Release Date: 06 Jul

June 22, 2009

Marmaduke Duke – Silhouettes

Filed under: Single Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 10:53 pm

Marmaduke DukeSilhouettes

From the intense, industrious side project of Biffy man, Simon Neil and JP Reid of Sucioperro, Silhouettes is a single of ferocious beats and playful electronics.

Taken from the album, Duke Pandemonium that details the George Best days of the mythical 16th century ‘Duke in Marmaduke Duke’s ambitious trilogy of LPs, Silhouettes could soundtrack a party in any era to the delight and fervour of a welcoming attendee.

The Jacknife Lee remix adds another gear to proceedings, and instils further a belief that both Neil and Reid should give up their less interesting day jobs. That Duke’s life sounds very good indeed.

7.8/10

Release Date: 06 Jul

Florence Rawlings – A Fool in Love

Filed under: Single Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 10:47 pm

Florence Rawlings – A Fool in Love

Though on the same label as Katie Melua, Florence Rawlings has more in common with the watered down blues of Joss Stone or Nell Bryden than the fey strums of her labelmate.

It’s not as hugely awful as the more discernable music love may think, with Rawlings certainly having the voice to grab a fair share of the Radio 2 audience’s attention.

There’s no originality though, and it’s a jazz that boils down to credit crunch dinner party – all prawns from Iceland and booze from Lidl. Nothing like the sort of Little Richard and Gladys Knight her hopeful PR compares her too, but harmless enough to stem the urge to rip your ears off.

As middle of the road as a dead hedgehog.


5.4/10

Release Date: 31 Aug

Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes

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Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes

The kings of distorted American alt rock that favours passion over melody release the second single from the lauded Merriweather Post Pavilion.

It’s a particular phenomenon I’ve yet to get my ahead around, but there’s something in this aimless desert of noise that makes for an addictive experience, and Summertime Clothes is one for repeated plays.

You may never get anything particularly worthwhile from it, but like watching The GOD Channel on Sky, or going from Wikipedia link to the next, is a strange experience you never really learn from, but you can’t help go along with. And that drum beat is pretty sweet.

6.0/10

Release Date: 29 Jun

June 17, 2009

The Maccabees – Can You Give It

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The Maccabees – Can You Give It


Continuing their evolution from standard indie plodders with cool haircuts, The Maccabees have released their ssecond single in a row that stays in the memory more than the three minutes it last.

As hinted in the brilliant ‘Love You Better‘, Orlando Weeks voice has matured into something approaching menace, and the military drums and epic tremolo guitar verge on Editors for potential stadium grandiose.

Surely a hit for the busy festival season, and a thankful display of a band overcoming second album syndrome and actually turning talk and ideas into a worthy output. Hopefully a precedent many more will follow.

8.0/10

Release Date: 6 Jul

June 15, 2009

Kid British – Our House is Dadless

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Kid BritishOur House is Dadless

Having just supported The Specials on their heralded reunion tour, Kid British keep up the old school 2 Tone feel with this Madness sampling single of impressive re-invention.

Rap and ska are perfect bedmates, both vital steps in the history of black music, bringing lyrics to the fore, acknowledging that need for a black voice, and all set against simple but addictive rhythms.

And though it’s a white interpretation of ska featured here, it’s still a thrilling, fun 21st century take on rightful classic of the genre, that may not offer anything particularly revolutionary, but could make even Terry Hall smile.

8.1/10

Release Date: 6 Jul

June 13, 2009

Slow Club – Yeah So

Filed under: Album Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 10:42 pm

Yeah So (med)Slow Club – Yeah So

At last, the Sheffield boy/girl duo release a debut album to showcase a sweet British folk pop only toyed with before on a couple of a singles and a joyful EP, yet now fully fleshed over 12 songs, 45 minutes and countless moments that will make you smile.

The title suggests an apathetic disdain for the craft – an understandable thought perhaps in a music industry now so clogged with replicants at the mercy of a media so susceptible to hype, yet so cruel and quick to forget.
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