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October 14, 2009

Portugal. The Man – Q & A

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Portugal. The Man
Q & A

Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man is not the most usual name for a band. But it fits this Alaskan collective of thoughts, dreams and mad, crazy beats more than most. Now based in Portland, the quartet are reveling in an Animal Collective inspired delirium of musical chaos, yet somehow retain a melody in there somewhere, adding pop comforts to more manic accompaniment. They’re touring the world with Hockey too, so they’re cool too. Why has it taken four albums for us to speak to them? Oh well, here goes. (more…)

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Mickey Gang – Q & A

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Mickey Gang
Q & A

Oh Mickey you're a gang, you're a gang, ba da ba dang. Or something.

Oh Mickey you're a gang, you're a gang, ba da ba dang. Or something.

Cool, minimalist  electronica and songs about menstruating horses – just what’d you’d expect from any bunch of 19-year-olds nowadays. Mickey Gang do it with a flair though, both beguilingly innocent yet with a knowing smile underneath, celebrating the Brazilian need for fun so evident in their upbeat, addictive music. Like CSS, but more fun and less sensual, or Hot Chip but interesting, Mickey Gang are young, hip and soon to take those carnival rhythms global. Here’s what they said to EML. (more…)

Civet – Q & A

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Civet
Q & A

So bloody hot

So bloody hot

A civet is a “small, lithe-bodied, mostly arboreal mammals native to the tropics of Africa and Asia.” They are also a remarkably kick-ass all female punk-rock group from Los Angeles, sounding like the bastard offspring of Dropkick Murphy’s and Boudicca. But who’s more fun to go out drinking with? Regardless, you’ll get a better live show from the latter – born with an attitude to entertain. Here’s what lead vocalist and guitarist, Liza Graves (she was never going to be the next Britney) had to say to EML. (more…)

October 13, 2009

First Aid Kit – Q & A

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First Aid Kit
Q & A

Good taste in jumpers too

Good taste in jumpers too

Recently touring with indie folk favourites, Fanfarlo, this Swedish duo are known to write the odd acoustic pleasure too. And all the more remarkable considering they’d still be at high school in the UK. For First Aid Kit are sisters Klara, 16, and Johanna, 18 who are touring Europe when the rest of us were worrying about English prelims on Hardy and if the invigilator would check you’d put all your physics equations into your scientific calculator. They never did. If only we’d all learned to play affecting folk-pop instead, with some sweet naivety rare in modern music. Properly lovely. And pleasant to chat to as well. (more…)

Japanese Voyeurs – Q & A

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Japanese Voyeurs
Q & A

Go on, google image search them.

Go on, google image search them.

All fast guitars and heightened yelps, Japanese Voyeurs create the sort of music that can really only be done by teenagers and those in their early 20s who still have a satisfying sense of havoc. Luckily, that’s exactly what these guys are, and they do it well, being a London version of Be Your Own Pet, but lacking the pointlessness. And they’ve played with Gang of Four! How awesome is that? Anyway, here’s what they said to us. By us, I mean me. I’m so lonely. (more…)

October 7, 2009

Julia and the Doogans – Q & A

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Julia and the Doogans
Q & A

JATD-Admiral

Dooganing about

All timid, lovely folk pop, Julia and the Doogans are as blissful and beautiful as a band can be. Ever evolving, and embracing new sounds and instruments, this collective is united by the voice of Julia Doogan – both hopeful and heartbreaking when the mood calls for it, and always welcome. Currently playing the acoustic circuit across Scotland, chances are they’re playing in a venue near you soon. So get going. Here’s some words from Julia for encouragement. (more…)

The Kabeedies Q & A

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The Kabeedies
Q & A

A rare shot of The Kabeedies on a David Attenborough doc

A rare shot of The Kabeedies on a David Attenborough doc

A cute girl and a carefree attitude can take a band a long way. The Kabeedies might just like to think they have a little more than that though. Even if the girl is very cute and the attitude is very carefree. For underneath such welcome attributes a passion and a talent for creating smart, danceable indie pop that is as much Alphabeat as it is The Rezillos, and all far from your usual Norfolk stereotype of incestuous farm hands. Though such types would probably be inclined to have a wee dance too. Here’s what the band had to tell us. (more…)

Joe Carnall and the Book Club – Q & A

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Joe Carnall and the Book Club
Q & A

Wrapped up in books

Wrapped up in books

It’s nearly five years now since the music media’s microscope focused in on Sheffield as acts like Bromhead’s Jacket, Little Man Tate and Long Blondes were heralded to define the decade. And though only Arctic Monkeys may have made it into the big leagues of Brit Awards and world tours, there was still a lot of talent in the city of steel. Joe Carnall was one man to find himself in the middle of such excitement fronting the now defunct Milburn, whose brief but bright life was noted by two albums of intelligent, homegrown indie rock. Now joined by ex-Arctic Monkey’s man, Andy Nicholson, he’s back with The Book Club, and the familiar sounds of tight rhythms, neat guitar and a vibrant attitude of someone doing something they love. He told us all about this new chapter. (more…)

September 24, 2009

Local Natives Q & A

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Local Natives Q & A

Tautological goodness

Tautological goodness

It was no surprise to hear only universal praise for Local Natives at a resoundingly successful SXSW earlier in the year. Their hopeful dreams and dreamy rhythms underlay an of-the-moment epic American style that must sound so perfect in the Texan sun. They’ll have to get used to a British autumn though, with a part to play in the NME Radar Tour a reward for capturing such zeitgeist sounds and making them their own. The List spoke to keyboard player and vocalist Kelcey Ayer. (more…)

Wilson Tan Q & A

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Wilson Tan Q & A

Wilson Tan

Wilson Tan

Turning the West End into the wild kind, Glasgow’s Wilson Tan are the sort of psychedelic cowboys to soundtrack the coolest barn dance ever (or should that be only cool barn dance ever?). Twisting Glasgow’s darker aspects into blues bliss, they’re not afraid to take authentic country swing and see what it would sound like in space. As it turns out, the answer is: great. Here’s what they had to tell us. (more…)

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