Even though we try as hard as we can to listen without prejudice, it’s been some time since we trusted any band that gets a crazed reaction from the NME‘s reviews section: Forget it, overenthusiastic British press! We fell for your Hundred Reasons, your Biffy Clyros. God as our witness, we’ll never listen to Klaxons again!
Then we read Village Voicer Tom Breihan’s “Status Ain’t Hood” column about Sheffield act the Long Blondes, in which Breihan declares the group’s Someone To Drive You Home album “the closest thing the world has had to another Elastica since the first Elastica released their first album.” So we gave it a try, and while we’re not quite sure it’s up there with Justine Frischmann’s finest, we’re very much into the following singles, which still don’t have a stateside release date. But don’t worry: We’re sure this will be picked up in the U.S. and beaten over our heads shortly within the new year.
The Long Blondes – You Could Have Both [MP3, link expired]
The Long Blondes – Seperated By Motorways [MP3, link expired]
Long Blondes: Desperation Britpop [Village Voice]