Always Like This
Bombay Bicycle Club
Bombay Bicycle Club - Always Like This
BBC are no strangers to the ill chill pill. We have been following the group’s movements since, well, since we discovered this song really.
The 2009 single launched the British band into worldwide stardom and won them a huge fanbase which has been propped up by three consistent album releases. Always Like This is still regarded a favourite and with very good reason.
If you haven’t already fallen in love with this tune, now is your chance.
Interview with Pushing Hands
It’s not often that a new band comes along with a sound that blows me away.
I first heard about the group last year when they released their debut single, He’s Still Here. The quartet followed up a few months later with Frames, which continued to build on the minimalist, atmospheric mood of their first official release. The London-based group are recording new material and I had a quick chat with Andrew from Pushing Hands about their music.
Q1. Pushing Hands is a training technique in martial arts. Does the band have any connections to this?
A: Freddies mum does Tai Chi
Q2. Is the band working on any new songs at the moment?
A: Yeah, everybody has been really busy outside of the band, but you’ve actually caught us in the middle of recording a new demo, so hopefully there will be something for everyone to listen to in the near future.
Q3. Your sound has been compared to fellow Brits Bombay Bicycle Club. Are they an influence on your sound or are there other groups who have been more influential?
A: We’re fans of Bombay and appreciate the comparisons but we enjoy bands like Yo La Tengo and Pavement and I think we get more out of listening to bands of that era and a lot of electronic music too.
Q4: If you could work with any artist dead or alive, who would that be?
A: We would definitely like to play with Talking Heads. None of us ever had the chance to actually see them live, but watching what we can of their old performances on youtube and on videos like Stop Making Sense is inspirational stuff. The production values and the energy they put into their music is really reflected in the performance and they really expanded on the idea of the typical band setup, they weren’t afraid to experiment and it really paid off for them. Also Bob Marley.
Q5. What 5 artists are you listening to at the moment?
A: At the moment we are mostly listening tooooo…. Bob Marley, Pantera, Ride, Stars of the Lid and new Pushing Hands songs.
Pop Etc - Time Off
Last month, The Morning Benders released this statement regarding their decision to change their name to Pop Etc. In short, the American group discovered that “bender” is a derogatory slang for homosexual in the UK and parts of Europe while they were on tour there for the first time. Bummer.
The associations with the demeaning term “bender” prompted the band to change their name to Pop Etc, which also signals a significant shift in the music of their previous albums. The band are certainly taking the ‘pop’ term to heart when they released a mixtape in March. Old fans may be shocked by the sonic shift and there is definitely a notable absence of the live instruments associated with The Morning Benders.
My favourite track on the mixtape could easily have been mistaken for an interlude as it clocks in at just over 30 seconds. I really feel that the group could work with Time Off and develop it into a full length track. Whether or not Pop Etc. decide to do so on their upcoming third LP is yet to be determined.
Pushing Hands - Frames
Immersive, elusive and lucid would be the 3 words I’d use to describe British group Pushing Hands.
This was officially released yesterday 8/10/11 making it the band’s second official release after He’s Still Here came out earlier this year. There is still very little known about the the group.
Their sound is just too good and the video isn’t too bad either.
Talent like this doesn’t stay hidden for long. Enjoy.
Pushing Hands - He’s Still Here
Pushing Hands may not have made a name for themselves yet, but they have a folk-indie sound similar to that of fellow Brits Bombay Bicycle Club spliced with a kind of minimalism like The xx.
A snippet of this song was originally leaked on Indie Shuffle a few months back, but I had to keep hunting to track down the full version of the song that came out a while later.
Here is the video that was eventually released and keep an eye out for more from this group as we anticipate a debut album.