Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Scissor Sisters - Magic Hour

Scissor Sisters are back this week with their new album Magic Hour, and it's a fan-pleasing 'more of the same' effort that's likely to fill a few dancefloors around the country.

Is it groundbreaking? Not really. But that's kinda OK. Instead, you've got a dozen tracks that will fit just fine alongside your existing Scissor Sisters collection - no need for separate iPod playlists here. There's also a fistful of bonus tracks just when you think it's all over, and those genuinely do add a bit more variety to the offering.

As I said up top, fans are likely to be more than satisfied, while critics (are there any??) will find little here to change their minds. Either way, it's a fine collection of up-tempo music that's well timed for the first proper days of summer sun, so get out there in your denim hotpants and shake that ass (boys, I'm talking to you...).

Magic Hour (Deluxe Version) - Scissor Sisters

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

This Many Boyfriends - (I Should Be A) Communist

May 21st sees the release of This Many Boyfriends' new single, (I Should Be A) Communist, and if it sounds a little familiar, you're probably not alone in thinking so.

The band say that "one drunk bloke in a 'Meat Is Murder' T-shirt once told [TMB vocalist] Richard it sounded 'a bit like The Smiths'", and I'd have to agree - there are definite similarities between (I Should Be A) Communist and This Charming Man.

Is this a bad thing? Well no, not really - it's getting harder and harder to write a good song that doesn't remind somebody of something, and there'll be plenty of people who are just happy to know that proper indie music is still being made in 2012.

So, what do you think? Take a look at the official video below, and make up your own mind - and you can click the button at the bottom of this post to pre-order the single from iTunes, if you're a fan.

What do we think? Well, (I Should Be A) Communist offers a much more melodic approach to indie pop-punk-rock than you often hear, and it's always good to hear proper northern vocals, regardless of which side of the Pennines they're from - in this case, the band hail from Leeds, and will be hosting a launch party for the new track at Oporto on May 20th.

A corresponding launch event at The Waiting Room in London on the 19th gives southerners a chance to attend without facing the fear of heading to the wilderness of Yorkshire, while the official release date for the single is May 21st, making for a hectic but no doubt exciting few days for This Many Boyfriends.
(I Should Be A) Communist - Single - This Many Boyfriends