With a polite bow to public demand and in the eternal quest to makemusicOMH even better, here’s our first instalment of what will be aregular foray into the murky underworld of the not-yet-signed.
Snuffling around like a pig after a truffle, searching each corner of theinternet, we’ll be separating the hots from the nots and giving you the bestof all the new musical talent the world has to offer.
If you’re an unsigned or own label artist, why not let us know about you for the next edition, on 6th March?
So without further ado, the first ever band to be featured on themusicOMH New Music Guide is Proton Proton. Sounding like themaladjusted offspring of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Fugazi, the NYtrio use a homemade guitar-bass hybrid (the ‘gass’) to drive forward spikyrhythms and a unique bark of a voice.
Post-punk, art-rock or whatever thehell you want to call it – it’s not a world away from Clap Your Hands SayYeah, and does really have to be heard to be understood, such is theunpigeonable nature of their craft. This is taut, razor-sharp and right onthe edge of what has been known to prick the public consciousness oflate.
THE SEVEN MILE JOURNEY
And now, to quote Monty Python, for something completely different:post-rock. Where Proton Proton were short, violent and schizophrenic, TheSeven Mile Journey are lingering, calm and could create atmosphere in adentist’s waiting room. Post-rock certainly isn’t everyone’s bag, and manypeople just couldn’t sit through a ten minute epic, but if you’ve ever hadthe slightest interest in the genre, then you shouldn’t miss this Danishband.
Songs like Through the Alter Ego Justifications build and build intomonstrous beasts of ambient moodiness. This isn’t as immediate as say,Sigur Ros‘ latest offerings, but more hardened post-rockers would bewell rewarded by a look at, and a listen to, The Seven Mile Journey.
Returning very much closer to home, but with no greater contiguity ofgenre, Manchester’s The Mekkits, ought to be well forward in thequeue for a record deal. The five-piece are well known on the local sceneand so they should be.
From barbershop to indie and back again, it’s easy tosee comparisons with The Beach Boys, The Zutons and TheFutureheads. History, perhaps their best track, belongs more at the topof the charts than in the unsigned club nights of the rainy city. TheMekkits are relentless sun-shiny fun and could really be one of those’next-big-things’.
My next pick have played some of the same places as The Mekkits, in andaround Manchester, but Blackpool’s The Interruptions are a verydifferent proposition. Local institution New Order find theirspiritual successors in the five-piece and this is also quiteCure-ish, though Dave Moore’s high pitched vocals mark them out as abit different from their inspirations.
Perhaps their music isn’t alwaystotally groundbreaking but The Interruptions are fine performers in theirown right. For fans of rumbling bass, sparkling codas and fine liveperformances, you couldn’t go far wrong with these guys.
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’sfavourite 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 AsiaWong (1/2 Chinese, 1/2 Japanese American) and Mary Nguyen (VietnameseAmerican) as Kim and Chi, two hyperactive girls singing and dancing inKorean.
Backed by the beats of DJ BiBimBop (token white dude), the duo maketheir way through a series of misadventures dictated by dialogue from Koreanlanguage instruction tapes. All the lyrics and samples in their songs comefrom these tapes, which makes sense, as neither of the two speak Korean.Their performance is backed by PowerPoint presentations in English andKorean, explaining what’s going on.” Confused? Me too. Fortunately the endresult 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 beingyour own roadie and publicising via MySpace. From New York to Manchester,Korean PowerPoint presentations and Danish post-rock and all from thecomfort of my delightful box room-cum-bedroom in a dingy student house. I’llbe back in two weeks when the good ship musicOMH will be plotting another coursethrough the ocean of corporate slaves that dream of jacking it all in tobecome rock stars.
In the meantime, check out these bands. You’ll thank usfor it, not only because when they’re going platinum in five years timeyou’ll be able to say that you were “there from the beginning”, but alsobecause this is genuinely good, interesting music that deserves yourattention – hence the need for this feature. Hope you enjoyed it, until nexttime…