Weekend Listening: Deftones, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, D.O.T.
TOM MANN and DARREN LEVIN pick out the best bits of music this week – from Deftones’ hell-for-leather return to the new chav “supergroup” for Mike Skinner and that guy in the three-quarter-length pants from The Music.
A match made in Chav heaven
Chav Mike Skinner from The Streets has teamed up with chav Rob Harvey from The Music to form chav-supergroup The D.O.T. (Dudes On Trikes? Defenders Of Tool? Damn Overweight Tourists?) They’ve been releasing music through their website for a while now and now they’ve teamed up with Danny Brown (who’s not a chav) and Clare Maguire (also un-chavish) for a scrappy song called ‘You Never Asked’, which is out as a single on October 8. It’s the lead track from debut And That, which is due out on October.
Deftones go hell for leather
Deftones are back to pin your ears back with a new “promotional” single ‘Leathers’, which will be followed by an “official” single ‘Tempest’ on October 9. The “unofficial” ‘Leathers’ gives you about 40 seconds to let you settle in and just when you’re about to turn the volume up because you can’t hear much, Chino’s vocal suddenly attack you. Neat trick, that. It’s the first taste of the band’s seventh album Koi No Yokan (that’s A Premonition of Love in Japanese).
UMO sleep with the fishes
A more delicate side to the pumped-up soul-psych of last year’s self-titled debut, ‘Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)’ marks Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s first release on Indiana-based label Jagjaguwar (Dinosaur Jr, Okkervil River), and precedes an album which is due out in 2013. Featuring some of the most dulcet guitar tones this side of Air Supply.
A drop in a deluge of hipsters
The lead single from New Jersey rock crew Titus Andronicus ‘In a Big City’ has is a typically anthemic track that rails against the woes of being “a drop in a deluge of hipsters” and battles Gaslight Anthem for the title of Most Earnestly Honest American Band. It’s accompanied by an oddly literal lyric video that features images of Futurama, Lil Wayne, Hamlet, black holes, and more. The album, Local Business, is out on October 22.
How you like these apples?
Danish “indie chamber pop” trio Efterklang premiered their fourth album Piramida at Vivid LIVE with the Sydney Symphony in June. With its release just days away, they’ve unveiled the shuffling percussion and muted orchestral arrangements of single ‘Apples’. It’s likely to be one of very few singles inspired by a visit to an abandoned Norwegian mining settlement you’ll hear this year.
Partying = serious business
Fresh-faced Melbourne outfit Northeast Party House may sound like a good time, but their new single ‘Stand Tall’ is serious business indeed. It also proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that their rhythm section has chops. Serious chops. VCA-trained chops, which brings some drama to a story about a “fighter” called Maria. It’s the second track from a forthcoming debut, due out in 2013.
Let’s dance to Joy Division
Our pals over at M+N suggested that City Calm Down’s new single ‘Pleasure & Consequence’ sounds like something Molly Ringwald would shimmy to in John Hughes film – and who are we to disagree? Worshipping at the same Joy Division mantle as fellow Melburnians Black Cab, the band were just signed to I Oh You, the prolific label behind DZ Deathrays, Violent Soho, Bleeding Knees Club and Snakadaktal. Their EP, Movements, is out November 2.