Tuesday, 9 October 2007

"i wanted to do a comic book"

Dev Hynde feels discomfort playing live. Asked whether he gets that buzz from connecting with an audience, he says: “I kinda don’t! I’m appreciative but I still get really nervous.” In contrast with Test Icicles’ creative beehive, Lightspeed Champion is Hynde stripped, his vocals leading compassionate songs. “When I was recording, I was listening to a lot of hip hop. To be a good MC all you have is your rhythm pattern, the words you’re saying and how effective it is. You can hear it in ‘Midnight Surprise’…” As this charmingly unnatural frontman sings a line, illustrating its melodic emphasis on certain words, the tension between his courage to exhibit and portray such frank music and his concerned shyness is plain.

For this generator of constantly displaced passions, recording ‘Falling Off The Lavender Bridge’ (his pending debut Lightspeed Champion LP) was incidental. “I wanted to do a comic book! I was just writing CDs of 20 songs and giving them to Laurence (Bell, Domino Records)”. Bell passed one demo to Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis and Hynde found himself invited to Nebraska to record. “For the album I had a batch of 50 songs”, an example of Hynde’s prolific composing. A gleeful guilt enters his voice on admitting: “The next album… I’ve written it already”. Considering his amassing reels of creative crop, won’t it be frustrating repeatedly touring this debut? “Yeah, it’s a bit much! Talk to me again in February and we’ll see!” True to his comic addiction, Hynde takes the 100 club stage in a Spiderman suit to deliver a captivating set culminating in ‘Midnight Surprise’, the nine-minute melancholic, beauteous single you should definitely fork out for (15th October, Domino, with a basket of b-sides), though avoid the severed radio edit. I ask Hynde whether it works: “It doesn’t, it’s awful!"

Brighton band Elle Milano's new single (29th October) is characteristically intelligent and riotous, but I can't decide whether I like the b-side more, which manages to get sentimental and remain scathing in the middle:

I've gathered some These New Puritans mp3s. Their album 'Beat Pyramid' is out on 5th November (Angular/Domino) and, on the evidence of these, might be amazing.

'C16' - These New Puritans

LCD Soundsystem release '45:33' on 12th November (DFA). Parts 2, 3 and 4 are largely a progressive play on 'Someone Great', by far outshone by ‘45:33 Part 1’. With a ‘Phats And Small’-esque vocal line and bass, James Murphy’s trademark deft layered vocals and beats, staggeringly simple, propulsive piano and a bassline so inviting the song should have been in ‘Superbad’, LCD affirm their songwriting potential alongside their rhythmic dexterity again this year.

Finally here are James Murphy and Morrissey nasal singing in a manner Julie Andrews would commend:

'Disco Infiltrator' - LCD Soundsystem

1 comment:

jehan said...

nice one buddy. hit the nail on the head with elle milano there, 'scathing yet sentimental', pretty much sums them up.

gonna start writing an EPIC piece on them right now.