OK, It's been far far far too long, but now it's time for a post I think. We've basked in our birthday glory long enough. Maybe.
I feel a rant coming on... oh yes. This time it's geared towards the 'New Rave' scene (unsurprisingly championed by NME). The main offenders in this scene are The Klaxons
. Indie Girl recommended the Klaxons' song 'Atlantis To Interzone'
a while back, and I have to admit, I liked it. 'Atlantis To Interzone'
was a screechy indie-dance song with a dangerous, adventurous edge to it. '4 Horsemen of 2012'
on the other hand is just noise, and not even tuneful, well-organised noise. 'Golden Skans'
sounds less new-rave than just a remix of a Snow Patrol song.
As a rule, I tend to like songs about ejaculation, 'Gravity's Rainbow'
, however leaves me less than excited. Much like 'Magick'
, there's a strong beat present, but it's not exactly a 'revival' or 'new' rave scene emerging. It's not even indie-dance at times. It's just indie songs with a beat over top of them. What makes it worse? The Klaxons are from the Greenwich/New Cross area, and are therefore at the moment, local heroes round ours. Brilliant!
I had the pleasure of seeing Shitdisco perform at my Student Union on Friday (I skipped Patrick of the Wolf for it!!). I can tell you, they live up to the name, but they sure as hell aren't disco... See what I did there?
Upon expressing my disgust someone turned to me and saId "yeah, but I've heard they're really good when you're on ket". Which says it all I think.
The problem with the 'revival' is that, firstly, it's a revival, playing on past ideas rather than developing new ones. Secondly, the need for a rave scene seems to exist as a way to cater for new drugs, rather than emerging because of a surge of new music. Thirdly, the music isn't really very good.
It must be said though, that one headfuck anthem about taking ketamine, 'Lost In The K-Hole'
by Ali Love
, particularly the Sebastian Remix is absolutely amazing. It's not exactly singing ketamines praises though. I wouldn't call Ali Love new rave, as he's more of a male M.I.A.
than anything else. Saying that, if the Klaxons sounded as original and exciting as this, I'd be tempted to get lost in the K-Hole (except I wouldn't).
I'm seeing the Long Blondes live on Saturday! Woop!
And the Sugababes (again) on Sunday.