Shake Your Backbone
THE BRUTE CHORUS- Could this be love?
I thought this was a cover of the Bob Marley classic, until I realised that I was getting confused with Could you be loved? and Is this love? Whoops. It couldnt be farther from the jaunty reggae anthem anyway. The first single to be released from The Brute Chorus forthcoming second album, How the caged bird sings, was recorded in a freezing cold village hall for starters. And if that wasnt enough of a contrast to laidback, tropical rasta, Could this be love? is written following an apparently inspirational trip to a Lewisham A and E after the quartets drummer, Matt, was beaten up after a party, the story of a man racing towards his loved one in his mind, but actually leaving this world in his body. Very Patrick Swayze. The drummer survived, by the way, and his dominating drums throughout perfectly illustrate the dramatic life and death struggle, just over three minutes or so of tragic desperation, some dirty guitars and rock and roll vocals enough to enamour fans of new favourites, The Bookhouse Boys, and more seasoned rockabilly acts. Though, at times, The Brute Chorus possess a distinctly US garage-rock feel due to the classic simplicity of their songwriting, they nevertheless prove that there is life in the old British music scene yet. If not Jamaicas.
Released 26th April, 2010.
BEING 747- Shake your Backbone
I reviewed Being 747s Health and safety some years ago now and was an instant fan of their eccentricity- quite impossible to define and too clever not to pay attention to. Always for those with a sense of the ridiculous, it is therefore no surprise that the Huddersfield trio have come up with another similarly weird science-based concept album in new release Amoeba to zebra. Inspired by Charles Darwins theory of evolution, Shake your backbone is the first instalment from the bands self-proclaimed natural history musical, at first appearing to set the scene rather well for those listeners delving into their kitsch art-pop for the first time.
Released 29th March, 2010