Things we didn’t know about a month ago: April 2017

TRAAMS FLYING VINYL APRIL 2017 BY KEITH GOLDHANGER

April is well behind us but Keith Goldhanger found a few more things that he’d not been aware of a month ago.

Whether it’s Trump or Brexit, a General Election to distract everyone from the things that need sorting out now and not putting off (or ignoring) or Cardiff’s Womanby Street, or the pub in South London I visit on a monthly basis that keep asking for my bloody passport, or the plight of East London’s Leyton Orient going down the pan, or the sudden deterioration of The Sporting Life web site or Harry Styles from One Direction putting out a tune that some of us keep thinking is The Stereophonics…it’s not been a great month.

Kasabian have released a tune that sounds like The Bay City Rollers, Status Quo and Blondie’s Heart Of Glass. Even though the video for this is quite ace, one has to realise that dressing up some blokes strutting their stuff wearing white bell bottom trousers with patch pockets and tartan trimmings would have been better.

Grandaddy came to town and had one of us complaining about wanting to hear even more new material that we got that evening, but not before silencing a room by proclaiming that The Boat is in The Barn is basically The Things we do for Love by 10CC. Then the album was purchased and one is is beginning to wonder if this really could be even better that The Sophtware Slump.

At the end of the piece titled ‘ What we didn’t know about in March I mentioned a tune by superorganism who threw us a tune that one of us was already proclaiming tune of the year – Supposedly this new beat combo consists of a teenager from Japan and some scruffy oinks from London. This tune has disappeared and reappeared and replaced by another tune almost on a daily basis from what us music loving kids call the World Wide Web. You’ll have to Google it (start on YouTube) and once you find it have a listen and then put on your dancing shoes and listen to this .

What is the story behind this vocal sample does anyone know ?
Some of us want to know more about this. Someone tell me and if someone tells me then I’ll tell you, OK?

That Harry Styles tune is a real corker I reckon. Some of us had to be told who he is and this experience was pretty much the opposite of standing on a pavement in Dalston over Easter and realising that the victim of the ear bashing from yours truly was someone who I thought was very famous but apparently is not (but was written about on this site a few months ago). This would be filed under ‘people we didn’t know a month ago’ if such article existed. This event occurred half an hour after seeing a cool performance by band called Hackles who have no tunes available at the present time so you’ll have to take my word for it until I can point at a tune and tell you the three piece I saw over Easter sounded like Explosions In The Sky with vocals.

Phobophobes – (Never Never) has been a hit through the earphones as we tread on commuters toes on the underground in the mornings and tune of the month contender but not winner has to be TRAAMS  (top pic) House On Fire that reminds us of those hot summer evenings in the 1980’s when we went to see bands such as Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Stereolab and in particular the classic Band of Susans tune Hope against Hope that we tend to still find ourselves singing after a few sherbets.

Oh, and we cannot get to the month of May without mentioning The Rhythm Method. Again. With another new tune.

Tune of the month though comes from the band of the month that will forever been remembered as the band that Played Reading’s Are you listening? Festival this month and were missed…

More about this band to come.

More about this year to come.

Here’s another by HERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN & UNCLE PEANUT. This one mentions John Robb.

All words by Keith Goldhanger. More writing by Keith on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. You can also find Keith on Twitter as @HIDEOUSWHEELINV and subscribe to the Goldhanger Shorts Facebook page if you so wish.

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