Tuesday, 4 August 2009

levi's ones to watch: hook and the twin post wars etc

Twelve posts ago I previewed the 4th night of the Levi's One to Watch Revue at Vibe Bar on Brick Lane with Everything Everything, Post War Years and Wolf Gang. Except Wolf Gang cancelled. Thankfully they were not missed, as Hook and the Twin stepped in.

A two-piece that like to loop the loop. Layering as they go. The result is a real mélange of a monster that just got spooked and has no idea which way to turn. Bits evoke the krautrock heavy hitters like Neu! but it's way more hypnotic than that. Hardly surprising quand meme that the below track featured on a recent Neu! tribute album. But then again, those krautrock pioneers Oasis also featured.

Hook and the Twin - They'll Get Your Head


Post War Years are at their most thrilling when they are utterly relaxed. Wearing power grid grins, they jerk and jump as their jitterpop flutters in and out of bleary eyed pigeonholes. I can't pin them down. I really enjoyed what this guy said. Their career is currently being played out in this synth-indie Foals esque band context which maybe isn't fair. As more bands like Django Django, Banjo or Freakout, Laurel Collective etc emerge, perhaps people will see them in a more appropriate context.

The Greats and The Happenings hasn't exactly taken the UK by storm yet despite a slew of five star reviews. The band have headed into the studio to work on new stuff. Whilst I welcome this desire to not rest on your laurels and evolve, I can't help but think somebody should have commissioned some remixes for an album that resides in that fuzzy murk between the fretboard and the sine wave. This album is different to most of the other stuff out there, why not milk it a bit?

Only tiny drawback I find on the record if they were writing and then thought "shit we really need a chorus here" which means on occasion they sound forced. Getting it chopped up, cutt up and melded back together would remove this. They draw you in and out of their self-contained sonic world and sometimes other perspectives can spark more interest.

I've shown nuff love for Whole World On Its Head but it is by no means the only track from the album to effervesce in judderman style. Like the aforementioned corker, their best work usually begins with a striking motif that then gets layered to fuck. Den, White Lies and Latin Holiday are my faves.

Post War Years - Den

///live session over at WOXY.com
///buy album.

Live, debut single Black Morning was a sumptous closer. I highly recommend you download the session. They enjoy themselves on stage and it doesn't look contrived, look at the above photo if you don't believe me. It's a pity I couldn't say the same thing about Everything Everything, despite the delightful Photoshop Handsome.

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