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14 Jan


So, that posting once a week thing went well, huh? We’re going to try it again, so stay tuned. Everyone knows that New Year’s Resolutions don’t really count until at least February. Or is that when they stop counting? Never mind.

Let’s focus on the letter ‘P’ today! A la Sesame Street.

First up, Peace. You’ve probably already heard of them – they made it into the BBC Sound of 2013 poll, placing sixth, and they’ve been championed by the NME (although not as much as another band we’re going to talk about soon). They’re going on tour with the NME Awards and I’d recommend that you go see them live if you get the chance. Here is a link to a review I did of their live show; “It’s 2013 now, and Peace are not just another buzz band.”

Here is a link to an interview I did with Harrison Koisser. This was one of my favourite interviews, which usually isn’t a good sign – if you have fun talking to someone, it doesn’t always translate into a good interview because you get distracted having a conversation, instead of asking things that you want to. Nevertheless, I genuinely think this is an interesting read; “And if you could achieve just one thing this year, what would it be?” “To meet Justin Bieber. I’m so into Never Say Never. I watched it last night for the first time ever and I’m just inspired. I just want to go and achieve my dream.”

Speaking of Justin Bieber and Peace, listen to their cover of ‘Beauty and the Beat’ below. I’m stupidly addicted.

Second P band is Post-War Years. I was actually supposed to interview them a year or two ago when they played The Bowery in Sheffield but it unfortunately didn’t happen (due to complications on my part). Disappointed! I expect good things from them this year. Their album Galapagos is out soon and I’m excited to hear it. Watch the video for their upcoming single ‘All Eyes’ below. Recommended if you like eerie drones, fizzy synths and dizzying heights.

A great thing about Post-War Years is that they reinvent themselves on each EP, but not enough to be obnoxious. Glass House alone sees them swing from genre to genre, which means that Galapagos promises to be even more interesting – whether they choose one genre to stick to this time or not, it’s undoubted that whatever they do, they’re going to do it well.

Third band is Playlounge. Another lot who are guaranteed big things for 2013 (well, maybe not guaranteed, like I’m not going to promise you your money back or anything), Playlounge kind of remind me of the Japandroids, but in that annoyingly vague way which leaves me struggling a little to back it up. The point is that Playlounge are raw and visceral, while managing to remain catchy and not just outright noise (which there’s a time and a place for).

I think part of my love for Playlounge is tied closely to my love for the 80s American indie underground – it’s the same sort of unreserved energy. Husker Du, especially, feel like they draw comparisons. But Playlounge also have something British about them, and it’s the sort of contradiction that I enjoy. They’re not regurgitating the 80s, but they’re not wholly distinct from them either. The point is, listen to the songs – blink and you’ll miss them.

And finally, we’ve covered Pools Are Nice here before, but that’s no reason at all to leave them out of the P round up. (Pround up? Maybe that wouldn’t catch on). Lo-fi fuzzy rock, for some reason this band just aren’t getting the recognition that they deserve, which is sad! They’re thoroughly enjoyable and I’ve got a soft spot for any music that has that golden summer feel, particularly with the weather being what it is at the moment (London doing its best to snow). Also, most of their music is available to download for free, so there’s no real reason not to give it a try.

Their latest EP, We live here now, has an impassioned edge – the vocals bring a certain kind of desperate rawness to the familiar sound, pushing it just over the edge into post-punk. There’s something incredibly relatable about lo-fi, when it feels like you could be hearing the band live in some dusty basement – although if you were, there’d be no chance you’d be caught standing still.

Here’s a link to a review of their EP, Then you’re thinking too much; “Feeling almost 90s at times, without falling back on the failsafe 90s nostalgia boat, there’s a slight dusty Americana infusion – think Lords of Dogtown and you’ll get what I mean.”

Honorable mentions to: Palma Violets, Phosphorescent, Pink Dollaz, Paper Crows, Passion Pit.