It’s been a very, very long time since we had a nice simple podcast of me just chattering about music without extraneous distractions of various drunken people babbling to one another over the top of it.
Last week was Ruth, Michael and Dylan, the week before that was Vic and Peej, then me and Mrs. Toad and then there was the one from Homegame, which was nuts, so this one is just calm and sensible and plain vanilla and basically just me playing some songs, wondering how to pronounce names like Borcherdt, and talking pish like usual.
Next week will be the Mumford & Sons Toad Session, which is nice.
01. The Van Allen Belt – The Way You Look (02:14)
02. Songdog – Gene Autry’s Ghost (08.50)
03. Over the Wall – Settle Down (16.56)
04. Deathpodal – Squirrel and the Fox (20.55)
05. Brian Borcherdt – While I was Asleep (28.27)
06. Emit Bloch – Dorothy (34.34)
07. David Thomas Broughton – Perfect Louse (40.49)
08. Mat Riviere – FYH (43.09)
09. Member of the Wedding – New Century (51.37)
10. The Sequins – Offside & Beautiful (57.09)
Imagine if you didn’t want to punch Adam Green for every stupid, facetious, cleverer-than-thou lyric which ever ruined one of his songs. I know, it’s tricky, but I think I can help: meet Member of the Wedding.
Although Rory’s vocal delivery sounds for all the world like Green’s cocky, disinterested baritone on this debut EP by Member of the Wedding there is none of the lyrical wanking about which makes the latter’s stuff so unlistenable. It’s less anti-folk, too and more a sort of wayward leper, cut loose from the world of old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll for dressing too sharply and drinking too many martinis. So maybe Adam Green meets Richard Hawley then, with a little bit of Jonathan Richman thrown in to muddy the waters.
Lyrically this is really strong. It’s witty and acerbic, without being smart-arsed. No Idea is downright mean, but enjoyable with it, a character assassination delivered with splendid relish. Friend of a Friend is similar, albeit more of a mixed volley, and laced with a little less venom. In fact, this kind of musical ranting gives the impression of a band annoyed and disappointed with large parts of the world – the sort of people who shout at the TV and throw crisps at the news. And yet I get the strange impression they’d describe themselves as optimists underneath it all.
Biting cynicism, flat, suave delivery, and grumbly, unpolished guitars – this really is right up my street, isn’t it.
Member of the Wedding – Leave the City Behind
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