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musicOMH New Music Guide: 1



With a polite bow to public demand and in the eternal quest to make musicOMH even better, here’s our first instalment of what will be a regular foray into the murky underworld of the not-yet-signed. Snuffling around like a pig after a truffle, searching each corner of the internet, we’ll be separating the hots from the nots and giving you the best of all the new musical talent the world has to offer.

PROTON PROTON

So without further ado, the first ever band to be featured on the musicOMH New Music Guide is Proton Proton. Sounding like the maladjusted offspring of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Fugazi, the NY trio use a homemade guitar-bass hybrid (the ‘gass’) to drive forward spiky rhythms and a unique bark of a voice.

Post-punk, art-rock or whatever the hell you want to call it – it’s not a world away from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and does really have to be heard to be understood, such is the unpigeonholeable nature of their craft. This is taut, razor-sharp and right on the edge of what has been known to prick the public consciousness of late.

THE SEVEN MILE JOURNEY

And now, to quote Monty Python, for something completely different: post-rock. Where Proton Proton were short, violent and schizophrenic, The Seven Mile Journey are lingering, calm and could create atmosphere in a dentist’s waiting room. Post-rock certainly isn’t everyone’s bag, and many people just couldn’t sit through a 10-minute epic, but if you’ve ever had the slightest interest in the genre, then you shouldn’t miss this Danish band.

Songs like Through the Alter Ego Justifications build and build into monstrous beasts of ambient moodiness. This isn’t as immediate as say, Sigur Rós‘ latest offerings, but more hardened post-rockers would be well rewarded by a look at, and a listen to, The Seven Mile Journey.

THE MEKKITS

Returning very much closer to home, but with no greater contiguity of genre, Manchester’s The Mekkits, ought to be well forward in the queue for a record deal. The five-piece are well known on the local scene and so they should be.

From barbershop to indie and back again, it’s easy to see comparisons with The Beach Boys, The Zutons and The Futureheads. History, perhaps their best track, belongs more at the top of the charts than in the unsigned club nights of the rainy city. The Mekkits are relentless sun-shiny fun and could really be one of those ‘next-big-things’.

THE INTERRUPTIONS

My next pick have played some of the same places as The Mekkits, in and around Manchester, but Blackpool’s The Interruptions are a very different proposition. Local institution New Order find their spiritual successors in the five-piece and this is also quite Cure-ish, though Dave Moore’s high pitched vocals mark them out as a bit different from their inspirations.

Perhaps their music isn’t always totally groundbreaking but The Interruptions are fine performers in their own right. For fans of rumbling bass, sparkling codas and fine live performances, you couldn’t go far wrong with these guys.

KIM CHI

From the sublime to the somewhat ridiculous now, and a trip(double-entendre intended – you’ll see what I mean) into the world of KimChi. The omniscient Google will inform you that kimchi is Korea’s favourite food. Its namesake is now set to be the peninsula’s favourite musical export.Kim Chi describe themselves rather charmingly as follows: “Kim Chi is Asia Wong (1/2 Chinese, 1/2 Japanese American) and Mary Nguyen (Vietnamese American) as Kim and Chi, two hyperactive girls singing and dancing in Korean.

Backed by the beats of DJ Bi Bim Bop (token white dude), the duo make their way through a series of misadventures dictated by dialogue from Korean language instruction tapes. All the lyrics and samples in their songs come from these tapes, which makes sense, as neither of the two speak Korean. Their performance is backed by PowerPoint presentations in English and Korean, explaining what’s going on.” Confused? Me too. Fortunately the end result is really wonderful, like Smoosh, but somehow more endearing, cuter, and cooler.

And so ends the first of many guides to the best from the world of being your own roadie and publicising via MySpace. From New York to Manchester, Korean PowerPoint presentations and Danish post-rock and all from the comfort of my delightful box room-cum-bedroom in a dingy student house. I’ll be back in two weeks when the good ship musicOMH will be plotting another course through the ocean of corporate slaves that dream of jacking it all in to become rock stars.

In the meantime, check out these bands. You’ll thank us for it, not only because when they’re going platinum in five years time you’ll be able to say that you were “there from the beginning”, but also because this is genuinely good, interesting music that deserves your attention – hence the need for this feature. Hope you enjoyed it, until next time…



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