Shyness and swine flu – bah! Nothing’s gonna stop Lissy Trullie. Getintothis’ Mike Torpey goes into quarantine.
Lissy Trullie: Self-Taught Learner – Single of the Week.
Summer dates in the UK for New Yorkers Lissy Trullie were put on hold when bass player Ian Fenger caught a dose of swine flu in Hamburg – and the rest of the band were banged up in a hotel room under quarantine.
Lissy herself has well shaken off the shy kid complex that blighted her early career and this six-song EP is a neat taster for their upcoming album.
Opening track Boy Boy is a pop belter, the rest rocks.
Catch them at Liverpool Academy with Adam Greene and The Cribs on September 26.
Bad Precedent: Hold Out EP.
Metallica meets Sabbath-style classic rock from Liverpool four-piece.
Some subtle touches in there too – like on An Ode To A Forgotten Man – but the lyrics are cliched.
David Saw: Buy My Record.
Singer songwriter Saw doesn’t help himself with remarks like: ‘Bill Clinton is one of the coolest dudes I have met.’
The terribly-named Buy My Record with its Subterranean Homesick Blues-era Dylan feel is ordinary if fun.
B-side Some Love is one of the most moving songs you’ll ever hear.
We Were Promised Jetpacks: Roll Up Your Sleeves.
Accessible post-punk epic from the Glasgow lads – if only their lyrics matched the invention of their name.
Roll Up Your Sleeves
30H!3: Don’t Trust Me.
Never trust a ho, squawk the Colorado twosome. A bit of fun or rabid sexism?
Whatever your take on this part pop, part hip hop trash talk offering, it’s something you can’t get out of your head.
Richard Walters: True Love Will Find You In The End.
Cover of the Daniel Johnston song and pared down to the basics. Vocals too fragile for my liking though.
True Love Will Find You In The End.
The Heavy: Sixteen.
Three minutes of energy, soul, blues and dirt plus backing vocals from The Noisettes‘ Shingai Shoniwa. Feel the weight.
Kill It Kid: Burst Its Banks.
Hints of Zeppelin and Zappa underpinned by a fiddle frenzy and gorgeous two-part harmonies from Chris Turpin and Stephanie Ward. Refreshingly different.
Apples: Reason 45.
Irritable but catchy leap back into the 80s from Hereford five-piece complete with Mockney accents. TOTP would have had them on first.
Lisa Hannigan: I Don’t Know.
A seriously big deal in Ireland, the ex-Damien Rice singer serves up a pleasant if inoffensive and unchallenging three minutes worth. One for the closing credits of a Butterflies-type TV serial.
Christina Courtin: Foreign Country.
Jazzy, indulgent rubbish from Julliard School graduate.
Eliza The Arrow: Toast The Tiger.
According to PR blurb, collaborators Elizabeth Grace Cameron and Donald Eugene Schroader III wage a war between the organic and electronic, and liberate conventional instruments by twisting them into knots.
Art rock tripe.
Couldn’t find Toast the Tiger but here’s something by Eliza The Arrow instead – I quite like it – PG.
Marmaduke Duke: Silhouettes.
Pulsating tour de force from enigmatic Scots duo The Atmosphere and The Dragon, aka Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro and JP Reid of Sucioperro.