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Does It Offend You, Yeah?‘s debut album You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into has two types of song on it: the frenetic electro songs, and the pop songs. Dawn Of The Dead falls into the second category and is my favourite of the pop songs on the album. It’s due for release in about a month and can be pre-ordered from their website here. If you shell out a whole £5 you can get the CD, 2 x 7″ vinyl and a t-shirt in one package. Nice.

With more bands being added to the line-ups of Glastonbury, Download and Leeds & Reading recently, The New Sound. has been picking out some of the best bands from the three festivals that we recommend you go see. Next up, it’s Britain’s most famous festival…

Glastonbury

Glastonbury is a very diverse festival, and you’ll already know whether or not to say the big names (Jay-Z anyone? The Hoosiers? James Blunt? No?) so we’ve been delving into the depths of the line-up poster to find the bands you mustn’t miss on the smaller stages.

Other Stage

Neon Neon

Super Furry Animals and Boom Bip man Gruff Rhys’ new project is two-piece Electro-pop outift Neon Neon. Debut album Stainless Style was a good listen, and if you’re digging their electro styles, I’d recommend taking the time out of your festival experience to experience their chilled pop first hand.

MP3: Neon Neon – I Told Her On Alderaan

John Peel Stage

The Ting Tings

Salford-based Boy-girl indie-pop duo The Ting Tings have swooped to indie stardom very quickly, with cracking singles Great DJ and That’s Not My Name. Check out Jules and Katie perform on the John Peel Stage at Glasto and you won’t regret it. Unless you call her Stacey or Jane, she doesn’t seem to like that.

MP3: The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name

Band Of Horses

Formerly known as simply Horses, (name changed to avoid confusion with HORSE the band, personally I don’t think it helped that much), Band Of Horses are aptly located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Their music is, pleasant, beautifully constructed indie-pop balladry. Often compared to My Morning Jacket because of the vocals, Band Of Horses are signed to Sub Pop records, home of atheist-punks The Thermals and The Shins, The Go! Team and many more.

MP3: Band Of Horses – The Funeral

MP3: The Thermals – No Culture Icons

Holy Fuck

Radio-friendly experimental electro band Holy Fuck are sure to be one of the more interesting bands to watch on this year’s Glastonbury line-up. Expect lots on buttons and knobs, and buttons with knobs on, as these four Canadians construct their powerful electronica for your listening pleasure.

MP3: Holy Fuck – Lovely Allen

Honourable Mentions

These are some more bands that are playing Glasto that shouldn’t be over-looked, but I’m going to end up with an EPIC post if I write about every band on this line-up that’s worth seeing, and quite frankly, I don’t have the time. Here are the pick of the bunch from the rest of the festival:

The Duke Spirit, MGMT, The Automatic (screamy guy out + youcodenameis:milo guy in = good trade), Seasick Steve, The Holloways, Captain, Elbow, Hercules and Love Affair, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, The Whip, autoKratz, Our Fold, and many many more…

The New Sound. Dance Special! Oh Em Gee kids! Let’s get the glitter-ball rolling with…

Danger

Like fellow Frenchmen Justice, Danger have a very dark, frenetic sound to their music, but occasionally complement it with lovely happy-sounding vocals to give it an extra layer of interest. Their EP simply titled 09/14/2007 is the best dance record I’ve heard since the earlier mentioned Justice brought out the album that had a cross symbol for a name, that I will not take the effort to recreate here.

Keeping with the symplistic theme, the track names on 09/14/2007 are all times, like 11h30 and 14h54 for example. You can also find their remix of Estelle‘s American Boy on their myspace.

Funnily enough, 09/14/2007 was released in 2007 and can be found on iTunes.

MP3: Danger – 11h30

SebastiAn

Looks like France is where it’s at for dance music right now. SebastiAn is another french maestro and single Ross Ross Ross is impossible to ignore. Also on iTunes, the Ross Ross Ross EP also features the equally impressive track Walkman. Just to demonstrate how amazing this guy is, Daft Punk (also French dontcha know) picked him to support them on the Alive 2007 Tour, and those helmet-wearing chaps know a bit about dance music. He’s signed to Ed Banger Records (Justice, Mr Oizo, Dj Mehdi) and has also dipped his dipper into the world of remixes, remixing the likes of Daft Punk, Bloc Party, Editors, Klaxons and Rage Against The Machine. I dare say this man has some mad skillz.

MP3: SebastiAn – Ross Ross Ross

MP3: Bloc Party – I Still Remember (SebastiAn Remix)

MP3: Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name (SebastiAn Remix)

Crystal Castles

Another remix-friendly dance outfit are Toronto, Canada’s Crystal Castles, they’ve remixed Bloc Party (the most remixed band in the world?) Klaxons and GoodBooks amongst others and their own music ain’t bad either. Imagine if your iPod mated with your old Gameboy. Those 8-bit musical children would be Crystal Castles. Head over to their myspace here to see what I mean. Ten points for anyone who recognises the Death From Above 1979 sample in Untrust Us.

autoKratz

These guys are on Kitsune Records – good sign. They have toured with Does It Offend You, Yeah? – good sign. They’re another two-person setup, like Crystal Castles, but they have a very different style. Less like the soundtrack to Pokemon Red, more like the soundtrack to a night out in London’s dirtiest electro clubs, which is probably where you’re most likely to find them. Pardon Garcon was on the 5th Kitune Compilation, and it’s not to be missed.

MP3: autoKratz – Pardon Garcon

MSTRKRFT

More cerial remixers here. Former Death From Above 1979 bassist Jesse F. Keller’s side-project-now-full-time-project with former DFA1979 producer Al-P, MSTRKRFT have not only remixed everyone from Death From Above 1979 themselves to Bloc Party (twice, surpise surprise) Wolfmother, Metric, The Gossip, Juliette and The Licks, The Kills, Justice, New Young Pony Club, All Saints (yes…) and even Kylie Minogue, all with amazing results, but their debut albumThe Looks was brilliant too. These guys have to be heard to be believed. Truly awesome, especially when you factor in that they like a bit of cow bell too…

That about wraps up our dance special, but don’t forget to pick up an empeethree partybag on your way out.

MP3: MSTRKRFT – Paris vs. Music Sounds Better With You (Live)

MP3: Bloc Party – Two More Years (MSTRKRFT Remix)

MP3: Justice – D.A.N.C.E. (MSTRKRFT Remix)

MP3: Kylie Minogue – Wow (MSTRKRFT Remix)

Enjoy. Dance. The New Sound. x

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

Wayne Stover

Vinny has been spending his well-earned time scouring the world of music (myspace) and he’s found you this gem:

The Envy Corps

These Iowan indie rockers have finally arrived onto the British airwaves, appearing on MTV2 with their new single, Story Problem.

With two single releases and another album release (Dwell) on the way, this band is tipped for big things. Offering a refreshing take on the indie genre, The Envy Corps manage to blend shimmering guitar parts and danceable drum lines with uplifting consequences, which have drawn comparison to Modest Mouse and Radiohead amongst others.

Currently on their headlining US tour for Dwell (which is out April 28th on Vertigo Records), we can expect to hear more from these guys in the summer.

Vinny. x

MP3: The Envy Corps – Story Problem

MP3: The Envy Corps – Rhinemaidens

Other News, Yeah?

In other news, we received the Does It Offend You, Yeah? album in the post today (finally) and it’s an outstanding album. They’ve kept the (nu-)rave sound from the earlier singles throughout, and added more pop sensibilities in the newer songs. This year’s Klaxons? Maybe not, but nothing could make us more excited about seeing them do it live next week, check back for a review of that, and check them out on their UK tour if you can.

MP3: Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Let’s Make Out (Live)

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Hello and welcome to The New Sound.

You can read our “About” section over at the top there for some basic info, but basically we’re a music blog, trying to tell you all about the best new music. As this is the first post, I have a special treat for you, two songs from our first featured artist!

Does it Offend You, Yeah?

Does it Offend You, Yeah? are a Reading-based foursome who captured our collective attention from the first listen of their amazing single, We Are Rockstars. Their debut album, You Don’t Know What You’re Getting Yourself In For… is out this week and if you order it from their website, you get to download a free live EP. Exciting stuff.

I can’t quite describe or pigeon-hole their sound, but DIOY,Y? are basically a indie-rave kinda band. Expect plenty of synth-y pop songs, with jangly guitar riffs and often some Daft Punk-esque electronic vocals.

MP3: Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Doomed Now (Live)

MP3: Does It Offend You, Yeah? – We Are Rockstars

The New Sound. x