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