Monday, 31 March 2008

where is the undertaker?

photo. Gabriel Loverman

I was somewhat taken with Motherhood from Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man's debut single, released late last year on eminent London indie Transgressive Records. Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man are the proverbial phoenix from the ashes of Les Incompetents, a deceptively tuneful racket, who perhaps never really got the credit they deserved. Lead singer, Frederick MacPherson, was often seen out and about the town with Peaches Geldof, which led to almost weekly appearances in the London dailies as "Fred Les", as the journalists responsible clearly weren't that concerned about actually reporting anything to do with his musical activities or even finding out his name.

Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man - Motherhood (buy here)

It's fair to say though that Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man want to seperate themselves from Les Inc. entirely and in choosing to release songs written from the turbulent mindset of parents, as opposed to the disco-queens and fifteen drink rounds of How It All Went Wrong, they achieve this. I prefer Motherhood out of the two songs on the single, mainly because the sentiments of post-natal depression expressed rather elegantly jar delightfully with Fred's vaudevillian vocals. This is heightened further by a slight sense of surprise that Fred accomplishes this, I mean to look at him I wouldn't have really thought him capable of empathising with this perspective. But then what do I know, it's not like I can empathise anyway...I digress. Whilst reading his blog, I noticed that they've written a song about Primo Levi's The Drowned and The Saved , which I've been studying this year for my degree, and if you haven't read it, all I can say is that it is pretty heavy. Bodes well for the next EP, entitled "The Lay of The Land; The Turn of The Tide", which I think will also be on Transgressive / Warner soon. There is a track from the EP called Thanatos currently playable on their myspace.

I'm chocabloc with essays and my job at the moment, so apologies for the way things have been a bit sparse and it'll probably continue for the next five weeks. After the end of April, things are gonna get frantic on here, I promise. Interviews with Kotki Dwa and Elle Milano have been done, I just need to write them up. I've been to a lot of gigs too, thinking one big gooey round up. And soon there will be a bit of a big report on the Mystery Jets album, which is most definitely a contender for album of the year.

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