The first release in Louder Than War’s new singles series (curated by John Robb himself) will be from the punk meets indie band Deadbeat Echoes, hailing from Cheshire, UK. The band (who are all about seventeen) seem to have an endless stockpile of great songs, arriving with punk band nous, yet are thrillingly versed in rock ‘n’ roll and understand all the fascinating nooks and crannies and are not trapped into a single genre. They are more than just lad rock – they are taking the arid and wonderful and translating it back into a language that the mass audience will understand. It’s a great trick and another hallmark of great northwest music – the trick of making high art for the people, taking the esoteric and putting it onto the terraces and into the council estates. As the ones with everything right now; from the tunes to the attitude to the innate genius and the work ethic, they’re pegged to be massive.
A: Surge Of Youth
Deadbeat Echos will be joining Inspiral Carpets for a few dates on their current UK tour, so try to catch them if you can.
The second single to be released is from the sunshine noise-pop foursome Raised On Replicas from Brighton, UK.Raised On Replicas are two boys and two girls from Brighton who deal in discordant pop/noise that is full of the joys of hypnotic loud guitars, driving bass and really fab metronomic, motorik drums that are entwined with sharp melodies and hip, witty cutting lyrics. Opening with a searing blast of twin guitar feedback, ‘OMG’ careens headlong into an infectious punk rush of tumbling tom drums and dirty garage bass, propelled by nagging, angular guitar riffs and a spat out lyric about texts, underage drinking and the perils of 8-bit gaming. Whilst B-side ‘Sometimes’ announces itself with a monolithic beat and serrated wall-of-noise guitars before the track twists and turns through multiple gear changes; switching between woozy melancholia, jutting punk riffs and a heavy melodic meltdown at the climax.
Somehow, they manage to surf the possibilities of noise and tunefulness all at once, with their innate charm and their wired melodies they are pop, a real pop of the everyday cranked through a fuzzbox and brimming with the joy of guitars and intelligence. They are in love with the likes likes of Pavement, Pixies, Blur, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Sonic Youth and whilst they have some of that American scuzz to their sound there is something very British about them. Raised On Replicas sound like the real noise of 2012 and, potentially, with their witty lyrics and nervy, wired delivery will soundtrack the late night, Xerox machine, bedsit bohemian, pleasure zone.