Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Lacking Inspiration?

Fall back on the old "post a video" gambit.

I don't know much about Scottish noise-pop band Shop Assistants, but they released a terrific album of sweet melodies with acidic lyrics, all buried under a wash of fuzz and distortion. While I Don't Want to Be Friends with You was the band's biggest single Stateside, my favorite track from the album is Seems to Be. For some reason, I have always loved uptempo songs with really pessimistic lyrical content, and this song scratches that itch:

I also have to note that the band's drummer was, simply put, pulchritudinous. Lead singer Alex Taylor, after leaving Shop Assistants, fronted the band Motorcycle Boy, which released the single Big Rock Candy Mountain, which received some college radio play here in the States. It's yet another bittersweet bit about a relationship which has foundered, with only unimaginative production keeping it from ascending to the Empyrean heights of pure pop perfection.


zombie rotten mcdonald said...

ooo, a keeper. And eMusic has an anthology.

the drums are straight out of Joy Division. I could have used a little more noise a la JAMC, but hey....

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

The album is pretty sweet- plus it introduced me to this song, sung by a teenaged Susie Quatrocchi:

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Fall back on the old "post a video" gambit.

Hey! Me too!