Released: 2020 Origin: Bournemouth, England Label: Invada Best Track: Hippy Elite
I tend to like bands with ‘Trees’ in their name. Screaming Trees and And Also the Trees are two examples, along with the Polish band The Feral Trees who I discovered earlier this year. Plus I like trees themselves – how could you not?
The new fourth album from the indie electronic band The Naked and Famous is really all I have on my radar today in what’s a bit of a low-key week.
After a couple of very decent LPs last year, I’ve been looking forward to the debut album from zany and funky indie-rockers Pottery. Here it is, and it somehow feels like the perfect soundtrack to being in the midst of both a heatwave and a pandemic. It’s exuberant and danceable, yet surreal and nonsensical at the same time.
Well, well – a new X album! Where did this come from? Though the legendary LA punk band have never officially split up since forming in 1977 – largely keeping the same lineup in fact – it’s been 27 years since they last put out an album and though there was talk of them heading back into the studio, it was largely met with a “yeah, right!” reaction.
This isn’t a great thing to admit, but I wouldn’t say I’m a music fan who reacts too well to change. While most critics tend to expect bands to mature and develop their sound, I’m quite happy for them to stick to a winning formula, rather than try something new and stuff it up.