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March 06, 2007

Faces On Film

Faces In A Photo

Faces On Film are a band from Boston, Massachusetts who I’ve not heard a lot from (and their site doesn’t give a lot out either) since we received this track, Archers, later on last year. The instrumentation of The Walkmen is coupled here with the kind of raw energy you hear in early Idlewild material. It’s got dirty great but quirky riffs, powerful drum beats and that kind of recording quality that sounds more alive than live. It’s got lines shouted repeatedly over an unconventional song structure. And it makes me want to belt out the lines with it even though you can’t make out the words. You know, just like the tracks off Captain.

Word on the street is that they will be/are/have already been recording an album for release in the summer. Several tracks were given out for free from their MySpace page so I’ve got here another one that isn’t currently available for streaming.

I’ll Sleep To Protect starts out less lively than Archers with a gentle looped acoustic riff but builds slowly and surely (complete with rising ‘Oh oh’s’) to a much fiercer crescendo at the four minute mark.

They do have an earlier EP available called Seven Sisters, but I’ll be damned if I know where you can actually find it. Enjoy these for now…

Faces On Film – Archers MP3 Expired
Faces On Film – I’ll Sleep To Protect MP3 Expired


New Ash Song

Tim Wheeler

...and it looks like Tim Wheeler’s been learning to sing!

Ash have given out a high-quality mp3 of one of the new tracks of there as-yet-untitled new album. They recently parted with Charlotte Hatherley (who has her own album The Deep Blue) to return to being a three piece as they started out.

I never really got into Meltdown, and couldn’t forgive them for releasing the tragedy that was Candy as a single, never mind tainting Free All Angels’ runtime. This new song is a blinder, a little like previous sunkissed song Orpheus but with more assured vocals and possibly less embarrassing lyrics (okay, maybe that opening couplet is cheesy but hey, this is Ash still).

Ash have always been a band you wouldn’t usually imagine as successful, but they’ve always been bloody good at writing corking singles. Their Intergalactic Sonic 7’s compilation is flawless (apart from the aforementioned travesty) and it’s good to see them keeping the run going…

Ash – I Started A Fire MP3 Expired


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