These guys are amazing! From deepest darkest South Wales I was introduced to Sweet Benfica by one of Louder Than War’s newest writers, a gent who abodes in the USofA. Always used to make me worry that I wasn’t doing my job right when someone from the other side or the whurled would tell me about an artist in my own back yard but I’m all growned up now & over that. It’s how the whurled works now we’re all internetted up right? Damn right
Sweet Benfica remind me of Woods, who you already know I love. Wiggy freak folk; complex & intelligent lofi tunesmiths of the highest order. Some of this stuff’ll move you, guaranteed, unless your made of stone in which case I recommend you just move onto the next post in your goddam dashboard.
Read Nat Lyon’s review on Louder Than War HERE, grab the EP for nowt HERE. (Normally I’d tell you to pay a few squids but hec, there’s not even an option to do so).
These guys - weirdly popular with people you wouldn’t imagine them to be popular with - have a new video out. FIDLAR.
And now I’m going to break all world records by being the first person ever to write about the band & not tell you what the acronym “FIDLAR” stands for.
They played at the Louis earlier in the year & it was the sort of riot one imagines every show they put on to be. Y’know, lots of pissed people hollering along, push moshing, giggling like dorks, invading the stage & refusing to leave it even when the owner pleaded them to cuz if they didn’t move they wouldn’t be able to find why the power had suddenly gone kaput so they wouldn’t be able to finish their set and you wouldn’t want that would you well yes you obviously would coz you’re not moving fer fux sake.
The video is kind of funny in a totally fucking puerile sense of the word funny. If you don’t dig puerile the only reason you may wanna check it out is that the dude from Parks & Recreation is in it - Nick Offerman.
As names for bands go “Pity Fucks” has got to be up there right?
I say: scuzzy garagey stuff.
Pithy description of our band gleaned from past reviews:
"Pity Fucks are half G.G. Allin dirtbag grunt punk and half 60’s organ blared garage stomp get mashed together by this Portland based band. It’s hard to decide whether it would be more to throw bottles and see maybe if ya can get some kinda riot (or at least a couple of fights) started or grab some girl and convince her to start dancing on tables with you kicking over drinks and ashtrays the whole time. This is the dirty medium between the two. Or who knows-maybe that girl ya thought would dance tosses the first bottle or throws the first fist."
Forming in Lethbridge, a smallish southern Alberta town, in 2010, Fist City jelled from the ashes of various punk bands to form a storming blend of garage punk-fuelled, surf-tinged, scuzzy rock n roll.
Another Bristol band worth making a note of. Dirty bluesy psychedelic (isn’t everyone these days) rock band.
The band play with a distorted banjo at times that ads to the diverse sounding garage feel. In the line up is also guitar, bass, drums and organ. The new album which is self titled has 8 tracks on it which range from ‘I’m not there’ a full blown carnage of a garage punk rock song to dance of the dead being a sombre guitar led blues piece.
Minneapolis clatter garage punks. Female fronted (always worth mentioning, never sure why). Exhuberant noise punk with screechy vocals, a bit too glad for me to suggest they sound like TJ&TJ’s but nay far off - you should know the thing anyway if you’re at all familiar with this place. Love the rawness. At times the underlying sound is reminiscent of what The Minutemen (early in their career, pre double nickels) would be like if fronted by Yasuko Melt Banana. (Similarly, at other times they sound nowt like that).
You can grab the above tape from this link via a pay wodja want download (mek it lots huh?) or via a tape which you can get via this link (if there’s any left).
Like 99% of the bands I like tiz unlikely they’ll ever get anywhere but “getting somewhere” probs aint why they’re doing this.
PS Ooh, and the cover art’s cool cuz it doesn’t look square like (if it’s on a white background). Which is unreal. (In a pretty real sense of the word).
Ok, so I lied about no more references to the Ceremony gig. This band was the top support. I’ve been hearing murmurings about them for a while now, all to the effect that they make good noise. I first read about in Loud & Quiet who have a reputation as far as I’m concerned for getting on board with new hc / punk bands before the rest of the music press catch up (e.g., they were onto Cerebral Ballzy way before any of the rest of the music press got on message about them). So it’d be nice to think that it could take off for these guys soon too.
Sauna Youth are another of those bands that fit into the ‘tricksy hardcore’ bracket, something that made them an excellent support for Ceremony. Last.fm tags em ‘garage rock’. Not so sure I 100% agree with that although they do cite The Ramones as an influence & their earlier stuff does come over more garagy than the music they were playing on Weds. They’re an old sk00l diy punk band; they have no manager to book gigs, they design their own art work, they shoot their own vids & of make their own noisy. Hardcore noisy.
The drummer’s also the lead singer (shouter). Quite an achievement considering all their songs are 200bpm or faster. I like that they put a couple of spoken word stories on their first release & have played more live gigs than they’ve had practice sessions (or had when the L&Q piece was written).
If you like what you see in the video then go visit their website where you can listen to more music & maybs download some if you fancy. I did & I’m dead poor so there’s no reason for you not to do so too. Unless of course you’re even poorer than me. Or don’t like their sound.
Saw Becoming Real support someone last year. Buggered if I can remember who but he was really good. It’s all about the future garage hybridised two-step ital innit? Ooh, now I remember, it was Mount Kimbie. Here’s a thing he’s bunged up on his soundcloud anyway. You can download it gratis if you want.
John Robb wrote effusively about this band almost a year ago. I remember reading it, thought “these kids sound great” then promptly forgot about them. Wonder how many great bands I forgotten about over the years? Luckily for me though this time Dandelion Radio’s Andrew Morrison played a track by them just last month, causing my ears to, y’know, prick up. I sent myself an email “Subject: Effluence, Content: Effluence” & thought “I hope when I pick up this email later I don’t ring the plumber”.
Anyway, I checked the band out, found their Tumblr, found the link to John’s article & it all came flooding back. However as I just tweeted, I find it a bit troubling that it’s almost a year since the post on Louder Than War where John said ”They are going to be massive” & they still aren’t. People obviously haven’t heeded his words.
They are really good anyway. A little bit like nothing you’ve heard before they have a crazed intensity to their sound, are incredibly talented & wear their raw yet complex sound very much on their sleeves.
They did a session for BBC Lancs last year. It was videoed & they put it on their Youtube channel. I’ll embed here mainly because they look like their creating nonchalant mayhem in the BBC (Lancs) reception:
Here’s the LTW article about them. And here’s their Bandcamp