Friday, September 22, 2006


I think Simon meant Holy Hail...

Yeah, I really like 'em...Simon's right: they've def. got a certain sumt'ing. Mr. R's spot on w/ the Fred Schneider comment, as they're self-confessed B-52 addicts (but kinda via The Fall...Remind me in places a little of a US version of Tiger). Def. a band to check...

Here's an excerpt from a little chat I had w/ Matt Cuttler from the band back in (eep!) July. (The plan was to do a piece about them for a coupla mags, maybe, but I think perhaps I was just too slightly ahead of the pack - but, trust me: they'll be huge by xmas, or something.):

I see you're based in NY...I'm curious whereabouts....?

MC: "The ladies are in Manhattan and the gentlemen are in Brooklyn. I think 3/4 of us will be Brooklyn soon, though."

Who does what in the band...or doesn't it matter...

MC: "I'm the drummer. Kevin sings and plays keys. Cat sings and plays some guitar. Michally is the bass."

I'm loving the rhythmic push of yr songs...slight Fall influence I can hear in there...also reminds me a little of some of the late 70s/80s Ze Records/Mutant Disco stuff.....loving the electronics on "Born of a Star".....but interested in how would you describe yr music...?

MC: "Sometimes we say "a cowboy walks into a disco"...Sometimes we say "B-52s without the kitsch"...Others have said "Fleetwood Mac meets Tom Tom Club" and "Gospel-Hop-Electro-Country," and we like those descriptions as well. Nothing makes us happier when others hear the same things we hear in our own music."

You said a single will be out late summer....Is there gonna be a vinyl....?

MC: "For now the single will be a digital-only release on Playlouderecordings. There are no plans for vinyl yet, but we'd love to get our music into the hands of as many DJs as possible. The first single will most likely be "County Fair (Part Two)".

Playlouderecordings...does that mean we can expect to see you in the UK sometime?

MC: "Yes, we hope to return to the UK to support the single. We played Trash and Invitation to Dance/Queens of Noize last month and we're eager to get back."

Just wondered: do you ever bump into the boys from DFA ...Tim Goldsworthy, Jon Galkin, your travels in and around Brooklyn....?

MC: "My old band worked with James Murphy back in 1997 before DFA was around. But our paths don't cross much anymore. I'm not sure if the DFA guys have ever heard our music..."

Go and Check the tunes on their MySpace. And also here. They're pretty cool: a New New Wave Pop/Dance Hybrid that oozes all sorts of influences and holds plenty of promise...

"Country Fair (Part Two)" is great, I reckon. Someone please put out a twelve of them pronto...


Keepin' it Reel to Real!

Buddha Machines are soooo last season; this is this year's must-have rainforest-destroyin', minimum wage-payin' fashion accessory:

Get two or more going out of synch w/ each other and yr synapses quickly start misfiring and melting down! Thinking of appropriating a bunch of these for when I eventually play live again...5 minutes before the Eschaton hits in 21st Dec. there's a date for yer (Mayan MacD) calendar.