Ah, it’s good to have Los Campesinos back. Since I first saw them at Glastonbury in, I think, 2008 they’ve been a favourite of mine, and new album Sick Scenes doesn’t disappoint. Opening track Renato Dall’Ara (2008) is a particular favourite, with all the hallmarks of a great Los Campesinos track. Slightly unwieldy title? Check. Fantastic lyrics including wordplay and obscure references? Check. (The Interpol pun in verse 2, below, will take some beating in the lyric of the year competition).
Daddy came out of retirement, he took a hobby as a PCSO
Let me level this as an indictment: only a part-time grass, but a full-time asshole
They would play my requests at the guestlist’s behest, any disco all across town
But things change, now Stella’s a lager and boy she is always downed
Excellent shouty backing vocals? Check. Joyous, poppy, punky wondefulness? Check. I especially love the opening fade up straight into a catchy as hell woh-oh-oh melody.
Buy Sick Scenes from Bandcamp now.
The first 483 tracks of the day can only be found on my Tumblr. Everything since can be found here. There’s also a Spotify playlist of every single track of the day (or those available on Spotify at least) below:
Michael Nau is a new voice to me, although a cursory Google search tells me he’s been putting albums out for over a decade now which have somehow passed me by. He’s a singer-songwriter with a fine voice, a little bit country mixed with a little soul, like a less fragile Kurt Warner perhaps. Whilst I’ve yet to explore the rest of his work, Good Thing has a warm, analogue sound seeming beamed in from the distant past, giving it the quality of a rediscovered 1970s classic. The phrase ‘Got a good thing going’repeats, but doesn’t quite away the edge of melancholy.
Sleaford Mods are rapidly becoming one of my favourite bands. At first I was far from sure about, wondering what the appeal was in this middle aged man ranting over some minimal riffs and beats, but the more I listened the more I understood. The lyrics are both angry and hilarious, filled with scathing indictments of the emptiness of modern Britain, but they also have a rhythm and poetry to them. It takes time to tune your ears in to this, but it’s there. Likewise, the music backing these words doesn’t seem much at first, but it some becomes apparent that the minimalism makes for the perfect platform.
New album ‘English Tapas’ is full of gems, but ‘Time Sands’ has become a particular favourite. A slow, lolloping number, rather than the rush of words which pour out of Jason’s mouth in a typical Sleaford Mods track, the lines here are more considered, melodic almost. It provides a needed change of pace in an otherwise fairly relentless album.
What better way to start a Monday morning than with a blast of pop-punk goodness? I must admit it’s not a type of music I listen to that much nowadays, but this track from London’s Chemtrails begins with such an insistent, compelling riff that it was impossible not to be drawn in, and the chorus proved to be equally catchy. Chemtrails are just 2 EPs into a young career at this stage, but I’ll be looking out for their debut album later this year.
It’s always good when a new record label launches in your home city, so I’d like to welcome Leeds’ latest addition, Bowl Cut Records, who joined us with the excellent North x South West compilation back in January. I’ve already featured Crumbs excellent ‘On Tiptoes’ without even knowing it appeared on this comp, and today is the turn of Young Adventurers .