Band of the Day: These New Puritans

NAME: These New Puritans
HOMETOWN: Southend, United Kingdom
WEBSITE: http://www.thesenewpuritans.com/


Photo by Andrew Kendall

HOW I HEARD ABOUT THEM: I saw a photo of them on Andrew Kendall‘s web site and wondered who they were.
LATEST RELEASE: Pluvial [EP on Angular Records]
SONG LISTENED TO: “Elvis”
WHAT THEY SOUND LIKE: Like nothing else out there right now. Confusing, but in a good way. A little Joy Division-y, with abstract lyrics, and a bit of dancey flair thrown in. More speaking than singing, perhaps in the style of Eddie Argos from Art Brut, These New Puritans do sound a bit art-school-y. They sound dark and mysterious, not in your face and obvious. To me they seem like the type of band whose songs grow on you the more you listen to them.

I’m not sure what to make of them, but I sure am interested. If their live show is as ridiculous and entertaining I think they might be, this could be a band to keep your eye on to catch a cult following. Their official site is a mind-blowing experience, full of half sentences, poetry, movie and mp3 links, and seemingly random links to photographs. These kids seem to be completely out of their minds, I can’t understand a god damn thing that’s going on. But just because you don’t understand something doesn’t mean that it’s not worth trying to figure out.

V magazine already likes them and have gotten the Hedi Slimane seal of approval.
1 to 5 RATING: 4
OTHER BLOGS THAT HAVE TALKED ABOUT THEM: Merry Swankster, Tommy Shots
LISTEN TO MORE: “En Papier” [MP3] also on the Myspace

Check out their BIZARRO webcast which made me love them even more:

More weird crap:

Who’s ready to go see a Creativetime work after this?

Band of The Day: Cobretti

This is the pirate radio edition of Band of the Day, hosted by BSB and dhs. On to today’s selection…

NAME: Cobretti
HOMETOWN: Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://www.cobrettinyc.com

HOW I HEARD ABOUT THEM: These guys slay it in loft parties across Brooklyn right under your nose. We heard about them from a professional, Mr. Jason Gould.
SONG LISTENED TO: “Brought the Frost” [LISTEN]
WHAT THEY SOUND LIKE: Like Black Sabbath just invaded your garage packing a Tube Screamer and a Tascam cassette 4-track. All while Sly is holding you at gunpoint! Y’know, music for heschers

Get ’em, Cobra!

1 to 5 RATING: 3
OTHER BLOGS THAT HAVE TALKED ABOUT THEM: NONE. Yet.
LISTEN TO MORE: [Listen to myspace…]

Rumor has it that one member’s mother was Miss Piggy’s personal assistant.

MISS PIGGY!

We’re not sure why she’s dressed as the Superbowl version of Janet Jackson.

Here’s a video of one of their loft performances…

Band of the Day: The Blood Arm

NAME: The Blood Arm
HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, California, United States
WEBSITE: http://www.thebloodarm.com/

HOW I HEARD ABOUT THEM: My friend Sarah had one of their songs set as her Myspace page theme song.
LATEST RELEASE: Lie Lover Lie [BUY]
SONG LISTENED TO: “Suspicious Character” [DOWNLOAD the A Faulty Mechanism Remix]
WHAT THEY SOUND LIKE: Holy Franz Ferdinand, Batman! This song is sexy, groovy, and has an incredibly catchy (and simple) chorus of “I like all the girls, and all the girls like me”. I can so see drunk 19-year-olds singing this to each other (fingers pointed appropriately to “girls” and “me”) on a dark dance floor all across Europe. (Not to mention the fact that a tshirt with this phrase splashed across it is pretty fly.) They also love to blog!
1 to 5 RATING: 4
OTHER BLOGS THAT HAVE TALKED ABOUT THEM: The Daily Growl, Gorilla vs. Bear
LISTEN TO MORE: “Stay Put” on the Myspace

“Suspicious Character” video:

Band of the Day: Pop Levi

NAME: Pop Levi
HOMETOWN: Liverpool, United Kingdom
WEBSITE: http://www.poplevi.com

HOW I HEARD ABOUT THEM: The Backseat Blogger told me I would like them.
LATEST RELEASE: The Return To Form Black Magick Party [Comes out Feb 12, 2007 BUY]
SONG LISTENED TO: “Sugar Assault Me Now” [LISTEN]
WHAT THEY SOUND LIKE: Someone loves T. Rex. That someone is me. And Pop Levi. Fuzzy bassline with glamtastic vocals and psychedelic (and shagadelic) vibe. Great party song–that is if you like to shimmy and shake at parties. You may remember Pop Levi as the bassist of international pop eletronica band Ladytron.
1 to 5 RATING: 4
OTHER BLOGS THAT HAVE TALKED ABOUT THEM: Large Hearted Boy, Last Sound of Summer, Un Violon, Un Jambon
LISTEN TO MORE: “Blue Honey” (more honkey tonk and Detroit rock-ish) on the Myspace

Oh and their PR people probably want you to know this:

The Digital campaign for Pop Levi’s forthcoming album features a unique way of talking to new fans. People are encouraged to add Pop Levi’s instant messenger alter ego to their ‘buddy lists’ for a chance to chat to him using the popular instant messenger services.

Talk to Pop Levi via his Robopop instant messenger. For AIM or iChat use robopoplevi (AIM account). For MSN use robopoplevi@hotmail.com

Pop Levi is currently on tour in the UK.

Watch “A Child Can Dance” Filmette:

Band of the Day: Dustin’s Bar Mitzvah

NAME: Dustin’s Bar Mitzvah
HOMETOWN: Acton, London, United Kingdom
WEBSITE: http://www.dustins.co.uk/

HOW I HEARD ABOUT THEM: I was checking out the top “indie” bands on Myspace and they were number 19. And apparently they are huge in Japan.
LATEST RELEASE: Get Your Mood On
SONG LISTENED TO: “Kick Him Out” [LISTEN]
WHAT THEY SOUND LIKE: The drunk poor man’s Arctic Monkeys. A bit more bratty punk sounding. They sound like they love them some Ramones as well.
1 to 5 RATING: 3
OTHER BLOGS THAT HAVE TALKED ABOUT THEM: Indie MP3, Lost Music
LISTEN TO MORE: “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (Cover of Bonnie Tyler) on the Myspace

Video for “The Grass”:

Band of the Day: Duchess Says

NAME: Duchess Says
HOMETOWN: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
WEBSITE: http://www.duchesssays.com/

HOW I HEARD ABOUT THEM: They left a comment for me one one of the Band of the Day posts.
LATEST RELEASE: Budgie Laboratories
SONG LISTENED TO: “Black Flag” [MP3]
WHAT THEY SOUND LIKE: Early 80s Madonna meets Le Tigre. Dancy, fun, and a bit riotous. Would make for a great dance club song.
1 to 5 RATING: 4
OTHER BLOGS THAT HAVE TALKED ABOUT THEM: i (heart) music, Cobain In a Coma
LISTEN TO MORE: “In Serial” on the Myspace

“Cut Up” video: