The band is on tour now and as they regularly do, they try out new songs live, before
recording them in the studio. One of them is a pearl calledVAMPIRE EMPIRE which
they play for a while now on stage.
The Late Show with Colbert invited them to play that unreleased new one before their
audience. Wow! I was immediately struck by the energy and vitality of Vampire Empire
and its powerful performance. A staggering new gem by a staggering band.
Last week the post-rap-punk gruppo YARD ACT out of Leeds, performed the title track
of their victorious debut LP on the popular American Tonight TV Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Until early last year, after a couple of singles, nobody ever heard about them (except me, of course). But halfway 2021, their name started to pop up here and there in the British media (the experts on hyping). A few months later they were suddenly the next big thing
of 2022 on multiple music websites/zines/blogs. And now they woke up Amercia up too.
Last January the debut LP The Overload landed and got euphoric reviews. Agreed, it’s a great debut, but after several plays it sounded too familiar with other British bands from the ongoing post-punk rebirth (Ditz, Crows, Life, Shame, Squid etc…) and therefore will not go in into history as one of the best debuts ever.
Anyways, from nowhere to American TV, here’s Yard Act…
Last month the top-notch Australian songstress COURTNEY BARNETT
released her third full-length Things Take Time, Take Time.
In between concerts on her current North-American tour she jumped into
the studio of the Jimmy Kimmel Live show this week to play one of the tracks
from the LP, the sticky lullaby called If I Don’t Hear From You Tonight.
Pitchfork said: “Every musical element from vintage synthesizers to even-more
vintage guitars is honed and cut clean, chipping off some of the hazier edges of
the band without losing the methodical and gorgeous production that Granduciel
and his co-producer, Shawn Everett, have mastered.” Score: 8.5.
As usual, when a new album comes out it’s followed by all kinds of promo (TV/interviews/gigs). Same process for The War On Drugs who played on the
American TV Show Jimmy Kimmel Late two days ago, playing a sparkling version
of the LP’s title track…