Happy Hour is Starting Early Today

Twas many a moon ago when a certain English gentleman, Marty I believe his name was, was here from the Great Isle visiting a friend of a friend.  I don’t think I had known him for more than (5) minutes before, naturally, I felt it my solemn duty to pester him until he told me the name of at least one band from the UK that no one was yet listening to here in the States.  After several not so veiled threats of violence he finally gave up a name.  “The Housemartins,” he said.  “The what Martins?” I replied.  This cat was setting me up for sure.  “The Housemartins,” he said again.  “It’s boppy English music played by nerdy white guys.”  Oh…this I just had to hear.

He lent me a cassette (I told you it was a while ago) and the first song I heard is featured above.  ‘Me and the Farmer’ was released as a single in August 1987 and then later released as part of what would be both their 2nd and final studio album The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death.  Quite honestly, while I dug this tune and another song from the same album called ‘Build’, the rest of the album didn’t thrill me.  It did however make me curious enough to procure a copy of their debut release entitled London 0 Hull 4.  I was (and still am) completely enamored with tracks like ‘Happy Hour’, ‘Flag Day’, ‘Sitting on a Fence’ and ‘Think for a Minute’.  The music was the furthest thing from complicated and yet seemed to sparkle with a certain brilliant simplicity that was quite intriguing.  What I struck me most, though, was that it was, and still is, instant sing-a-long music.  Take gander at the vid above and see if you don’t agree!

– Drago

 

Sometimes All We Need is a Little Closure

artist: The Kut | genre: alternative, indie, rock | label: Criminal Records

Straight from our friends at Criminal Records, Froglix is stoked to present for your viewing and listening pleasure “Closure” from Britain’s The Kut.  Cool song, cool video, cool band…and I would suspect some cool chics to hang out with.

– Drago

Ritalin… Ritalout… ¿qué Tejano?

artist: Vetoes | genre: alternative, indie-rock | label: SpaceRay Music
EP: Ritalin / Ritalout
Vetoes - Ritalin / Ritalout

It’s not often we mention a producer on here, but we would not have heard the band Vetoes if it weren’t for Adam Whittaker. And his hand can be found elsewhere on Froglix too (on a few earlier tracks from Grimus and Attention Thieves). Well, Adam now has a new label, SpaceRay Music, and we were honored when he sent us a preview of his first release a few weeks ago.

When I played “On The Waterfront” by Vetoes for Drago, his first response beat any description I tried to come up with… “sounds like a cross between Brit Pop and Tejano music on acid.” I’m not sure I totally agree with that depiction, but I do think it says something about my own lack of words. The sound is familiar enough that there’s a good chance you’re gonna like it if you like British alternative rock. But it’s also unique enough that you can’t say it’s just yet another alt-rock band heralding from Britannia. I still don’t think “Tejano music on acid” is quite right, but since I am yet to come up with anything better, it stands.

What I’m more sure about is that the things that make their sound different will be the same things that either make you love them or hate them. Personally, I want more.

Their EP, Ritalin / Ritalout drops worldwide on April 11, 2011 via SpaceRay/Believe. You don’t have to wait though. Download “On The Waterfront” as a FREE MP3 from http://vetoes.believeband.com/ right now!

– DMitch

New Release :: Cliff Notes by Treading Lemmings

artist: Treading Lemmings | genre: alternative, rock, brit-pop | label: unsigned | album: Cliff Notes [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-at-sea/id395957999?uo=4″ title=”Get it at iTunes!”]

Here’s what I know…Quinn (vox), Joe Szadkowski (drums), Marc Roulier (bass), Andrew “Andj” Stainer (guitar) and Ricky Hunt (guitar), collectively known as Treading Lemmings, are passionate about their music.  They believe in it and, after listening to their most recent full-length studio offering entitled Cliff Notes…so do I.  Nearly a year and half ago, the Lemmings set out to write, record and produce a solid pop/alt-rock album.  They have succeeded.  But…let’s back up just a tad shall we?

The Froglix Faithful were first introduced to the Lemmings shortly after our initial launch back in the summer of 2009.  It was then, on one fateful Friday evening in July, I made the trek “into town” to check them out live.  About halfway through the show, Quinn hands me two (2) things.  A Treading Lemmings t-shirt (still got it…still where it) AND a 4-song EP.  I stayed for another set before jumping back in the car for the long journey back to my humble abode (aka Froglix World Headquarters) in Wild Wonderful West Virginia.  The first thing I did, after strapping on the seatbelt of course, was pop the disc into the player and commenced with the listening.  I was impressed.  My initial review touted their music as having a “sound that is creative, energetic and, best of all, pleasantly dissimilar to the mindless droves trying to become the next big emo-punk band” and I still believe that…even more so now having heard their latest album in it’s entirety.

Having followed this band for sometime, I’m impressed with how their sound has matured over the years and can very confidently say that Cliff Notes is their best work yet.  Quinn’s solid vocal performance surrounds creative lyrics immersed in melodic guitars and  strong bass lines anchored by a definitive alt-rock cadence.  As for my favourite tracks, aside from those currently in rotation, the lively pace of “A Roar From Boring Alice” really jumps out to me right away as does the moodiness/melancholy of Trial of the Century” and “How Green Was My Envy?” Regarding the latter, any song with a well placed eBow guitar sound is hard not too like!

Wanna rock Lemmings style?  Get the Cliff Notes and study up!

– Drago