Tubelord – Ratchet
Fresh offerings here from Londoners Tubelord. A slight step up from the jabbering bubbly riffed singles from a couple of years ago but still retaining the fantastic vocal melodies, falsetto harmonies and the impressive variety in the dynamics of the song (so nice to see a SoundCloud that isn’t just a solid grey bar).
And this time they have horns. Horns are always a gamble for me, while they can be delightful in some songs (Fake Empire, Fistful of Love etc.) they can also be very silly and fall way short of the mark that these success stories have set. Here the instrumentation is pretty much spot on, as fat rolling synths iced with delicate glockenspiel ‘ding’s mingle with the aforementioned brassy numbers and the comfort zone guitars join in for the anthem finale.
There are 6 bands that go by the name of Tall Ships, they are all pretty much awesome (with the possible exception of Tall Ships #4, im not a big appreciator of hardcore).
So without further ado here is the APFOS guide to tall ships. [UPDATE: I have now found a 7th TS they sound like the Foo Fighters]
Tall Ships #1 (from Falmouth)
This is the first TallShips I got hold of thanks to a friends recommendation, the Tubelord touring buddies are some of the more recent soldiers for Big Scary Monster Records. This track (Beanie And Dodger) has to be fantastic live and to be honest there’s not much higher praise than that. [myspace]
Tall Ships #2 (Now Trevor Wilson)
Paolo Nutini / Joanna Newsom / Joss Stone / The Sims Soundtrack. This Tall Ships seems now to have morphed into a solo project of a fellow called Trevor Wilson who is giving away most of his extensive back catalogue (including the Tall Ships album) for free on BandCamp This track is called Money Money Money and does not deserve to be left for the internet archaeologists in 100 years.
Tall Ships #3 (Explosions In The Sky-esque)
If you are partial to a cheeky bit of epic soundscaping with pianos and staunchy power chords, then get involved with these guys. I don’t think they really exist today but you can still appreciate the songs they left on their website
Tall Ships #4 (“one of the best current bands to come out of Michigan.”)
The fourth Tall Ships I have already given a slightly unfair mention. If you look on last.fm you find these guys first (as well as the quote above). They definitely are current… which is more than can be said for the some of the other ‘Ships.
Tall Ships #5 (San Diegans…San Diegoaens?)
I like these guys quite a bit, maybe because they make me think of Anchorman, maybe because im a sucker for post-rock drops like you have at 1:50 on this track (Radio Presets). Actually the more I think about it the more I think about Anchorman.
Tall Ships #6 (Mister Tramp)
I am so unhappy not to be able to offer any of music for #6 because they are the tall ships I have been listening to the most. The best I can do is lead you into their myspace. Not only do I have the least music for #6 but i also have the least info on them… except that i love them. I think they are now dormant as is their label Mister Tramp (unless they have gone into complete hibernation in order to focus on the only record they seem to have on sale at the moment).
So that was the 6 tall ships.
Oddities I tackled while researching/writing this post:
- Hearing Huw Stevens open this weeks podcast with TS#1
- Hearing TS#1 singing along to the words (“scared to think”) I was typing whilst listening to Huw Stevens’ podcast
- The complete enigma that is Mister Tramp Records. They have literally left absolutely no trace of their existence, I found a paypal link to one of their compilations but it looks a bit dusty. I feel like I am late to an amazing party by 2 years despite still making the 3 hour journey.
- None of these bands seems to recognise that their seemingly unusual name is being used by 5 others
So for this post I wanted to look about for some decent music on youtube, keep things colourful.
They Came From Japan – Halo
Love this video. do it. I have no idea how intentional the outrageous lo-fi is but its absolute gold dust. Theres none of the sickly sheen of possible comparisons Tubelord but all the hooks. Its all got all the ridiculousness of every teenage band who just played loud into the recording tape deck but these guys are louder (and “a lot better”) and the tape deck is now a single top of the range video camera. and the song is about Halo. Beyond ridiculous.
Au Revoir Simone – Another Likely Story
I first saw this band at a festival 4 years ago. It was raining, and they weren’t moving much, my 16 year old self was not impressed.I like to think the reason this single appeals to me so much more is not just down to the fact that the video has a noticeable amount of sunshine and an abundance of movement. Maybe its the intertwining synths that crumble and buckle beneath the steady, levitating vocals and beat. Or maybe its just that they could flatten Owl City hands with their synths behind their backs. I do love that sunshine though.