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Been a good while since the last post, so here’s a uber-large post to make up for it… Vinny’s once again found a musical gem on myspace, and there’s info on that Does It Offend You, Yeah? gig and the new single from Elbow.

Au Revoir Simone

Au Revoir Simone

Au Revoir Simone are a synth and vocal three-piece from Brooklyn, New York. The new single, Sad Song won me over as soon as I heard it. Similar to Ben Gibbard’s (Death Cab For Cutie) side project Postal Service, Au Revoir Simone entrap the listener with soft synths and drum machines.

The minimalist synth parts are complemented perfectly by the three layered vocals from the band members; Annie, Erika and Heather. Triple-keyboard action and drum machine loops effortlessly power each song through to the listener and conjure up nostalgic thoughts. (Ed – this is not guaranteed, but happened for Vinny…)

With support from three different indie labels in the US, UK and Japan, it seems that many people might soon be saying “bonjour” to Au Revoir Simone, and their new record, The Bird of Music, is well worth checking out for fans of Postal Service, DNTEL and Imogen Heap.

MP3: Au Revoir Simone – Sad Song

Vinny. x

Does It Offend You, Yeah? @ Club Academy Manchester (26 Mar 08)

From my previous experiences (Hot Club De Paris, The Noisettes) bands often find it hard to generate any excitement in a crowd at Club Academy, which certainly was not a problem for DIOYY last Wednesday, as the 200-odd fans crammed to the front to get the first glimpse of the band during the lengthy build-up to their arrival.

The first support of the night, George Pringle, had done little to impress me, effectively waffling over the top of processed beats, mostly about her not dancing much, and chatting on msn. Luckily, they were followed by Cut Off Your Hands, whose faultless indie-pop/post-punk was a surprising but pleasant choice of support for DIOYY. Their new single Oh Girl is out now, and worth a listen.

When Does It Offend You, Yeah? took to the stage, the atmosphere, like the music, was electric, (something that had obviously been foreseen by the Club Academy security, as there is never usually a barrier between the crowd and the stage) and the crowd went wild for the hits like Battle Royale, Weird Science and We Are Rockstars. Some, but not all of the new album, and even a new song not on the album, were played and very well received by the enthusiastic crowd, although I would have like to hear more of the album, as it was a short set for a headliner, albeit one still early on in their career.

The atmosphere reminded me somewhat of a Test Icicles gig I went to at Academy 3, on the top floor of the venue where DIOYY get to play the basement, which is actually larger in capacity. I hope that Does It Offend You, Yeah?‘s career doesn’t come to an abrupt end like that of Test Icicles, as I can see a future for the band after a superb first album (better than that of TI?) and riotous gigs like this mean you should be sure to check them out in the future.

Ending with a short encore, comprised only of a cover of Devo‘s Whip It, the foursome will now conclude their UK tour, or you can catch them at Nass Festival, new festival Redfest in Surreu, or the V Festival.

Rory. x

MP3: Cut Off Your Hands – You & I

MP3: Devo – Whip It

Elbow – Grounds For Divorce

I’ve been listening to this track on-and-off for weeks now and it’s really growing on me, and shows that their might be a band from Manchester besides Nine Black Alps that are getting recognition for the right reasons (Oasis need not be mentioned here, due to the fact that they’re not very good).

At first this track is essentially a fantastically crafted, if slightly repetitive, mellow song. However, it takes a whole different direction once that riff kicks in, and kicks itself into your head for the rest of your day. From thereon in, Elbow show what they’ve always done, which is cracking tracks that are just that little bit more interesting than other Manc bands.

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MP3: Elbow – Grounds For Divorce

The New Sound. x

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