Now, I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but one of the real joys of writing this blog has been getting emails from people – readers, bands, PR people, anyone really. From kind words about the blog to people’s own tales (one fella, Scott, emailed me a great story about the Bhundu Boys that I must post one day, if it’s ok with him!), to people promoting their music, it’s always fun to read them and listen to their songs. I am about a month behind now, but with the Xmas break coming up, I should be able to get through the backlog.
One band who emailed me back in November (see?) are Oscar Charlie from Glasgae (boy, that’ll annoy any Scottish readers. I promise not to mention deep-fried Mars Bars. Oops). They originally hailed from the Shetlands but had to move as there weren’t any synths on the islands. Which is as good an excuse as any, really.
They liken themselves far more to bands such as Mew than the current crop of Scots indie bands (Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit), and to these ancient ears they’ve also got that innate sense of drama that the late lamented Geneva specialised in. This is, of course, A Good Thing.
I’ve only really listened to “Vandals” so far, but as it managed to take up earworm residence to the extent that I drifted off in a meeting the other week with it playing merrily in my head, staring happily out of the window until someone asked me a question, I can safely say that it’s a great tune. Got to say I’m looking forward to hearing what else this lot come up with (starting with a single on January 12th 2010).
Listen and enjoy, my beloved.