I think rock and roll is the best when it's fun. Yes, it's nice to hear a deeply serious throaty song and know that "Jeremy spoke in class today," but sometimes you just want to put something on and bounce up and down and smile. Here are some bands that continue the tradition of danceability, cheeriness, and/or general good times. Perhaps one's sound will put a smile on your face. The Orion Experience - There's No Love in Februrary . This diverse New York band uses its sound to hearken back to an earlier age. Their song [...]
WinterKids may be the quintessential definition of the British indie band -- but are they any good?
Drawing comparisons to Pulp, The Wedding Present & Blink 182 - all of which I find rather baffling, mind you - The Winterkids seem poised to be the next buzz band of the moment. A 5-piece of teen/twenty-somethings hailing from the countryside village of Peaslake, the Kids are releasing their first full-length, Memoirs , on April 9th through Rough Trade & Banquet Records . Preceeding the release, the Winterkids are making a few stops in New York before playing an impossible number of shows at SXSW. The Winterkids - Tape [...]
The last time I threw in a cd and loved it right away was when I first heard Locksley, the first time I wrote this column actually. Since then, nothing has quite grabbed as much...until now. Enter Winterkids , whom my admiration for has grown throughout the course of writing this review from mere adoration to slight obsession. A group of bright young things from Guilford, England, they look as if they may have stepped out of a foppish Oscar Wilde play. Their sound may be distinctly English, with their unapologetic accents blaring throughout [...]
I'd like to express the opposite of gratitude to The Rich Girls Are Weeping for introducing me to Winterkids , the latest in the seemingly endless line of bands anointed "the next big thing" by the notorious UK hype-machine. You know, the one that makes the blogosphere seem reasonable and restrained by comparison (NME, MOJO, et al.) Winterkids are the kind of band I'd like to hate based on sheer principle: they've already drawn comparisons to Pulp , the Wedding Present , and more, and it may or may not be a stretch [...]
Ποιά ήταν τα δύο νέα (νεότατα για την ακρίβεια) ονόματα που γνώρισαν τη μεγαλύτερη επιτυχία μέσα στο 2006? Σίγουρα οι Arctic Monkeys και η Lilly Allen ! Σήμερα λοιπόν παρουσιάζουμε τους... διαδόχους τους για τη νέα χρονιά, σύμφωνα με κάποιους bloggers / myspacers. Ο καιρός θα δείξει.. Και πρώτα οι Βρετανοί Winterkids (αυτούς τους ανακάλυψα λόγω ονόματος φυσικά) με το μόλις δεύτερο νομίζω single τους με τίτλο 'tape it' . Αν σας αρέσουν, στη σελίδα τους στο myspace προσφέρουν μια ειδική έκδοση του άλμπουμ τους σε 200 αριθμημένα [...]
I am completely and utterly confused by the UK Singles Charts' decision , as of January 1, to allow any track from any album to be considered for inclusion on the singles charts as long as it has digital download sales. I can understand the logic here, kind of -- but any song? Off any album? Isn't that a little over-killish? Then again, I suppose they couldn't very well say 'any song released during [specific length of time] that has digital downloads' -- because what would that specific length of time be? The past year? The past 6 months? See [...]