Post by incoasterble on Sept 24, 2013 20:55:26 GMT
Wow, missed this completely, a pressing reminder that I should perhaps do a Google trawl once every few months, not least since the band's members have been talking about getting involved in their own projects.. To me it's always a good thing when musicians from a couple of bands who've made music that has meant a whole lot to me at some point or another in my life get together.. I look forward to having a listen to the three tracks on Soundcloud when I retire to my headphones for the night. I note they're a 5-piece band, which I think could be a really good thing.
To add to the links on Blade's post, here's the facebook page for Albert Albert
"ALBERT ALBERT immediately impress you when you hear "Get Outta Jail" for the first time. It is a track that denotes a high amount of ability meeting with the right showing of commitment from the band. This is a testamnet to the quality that is on show with each of their tracks. The inspired feel from how it all picks up injects a distinct level of energy upon the delivery that carries it through with afortright sense of authority that gets the best out of everything. This is evenly brought around and the comfortable way that they move up a gear binds it together. The distinct and selective tracking resides in the vocals and tempo. It is a nouveau weight but one that angles in the urgency in a determined way that gets down to business in a considerate way. One of those bands to come across and realise what a gem you have just discovered when you do so."
Albert Albert are playing at The Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London, E8 2EB on July 9th. London-based Howling Bells fans can go and give Juanita some love!!
Words: Following on from the successful New Blood Festival in June, Artrocker have taken over the upstairs room at the Garage for The Summer of New Blood series of gigs during July and August. Thursday night sees Birthday Records teaming up with us to put on a showcase of their best new artists which included Climbing Boys, Albert Albert, LIFE and special guest headliners Howling Bells.
London based Climbing Boys are first up, their songs are swathed in 80’s post – punk and there’s definitely a hint of Joy Division about them, but Climbing Boys have enough of their own distinct sound to ensure they don’t become a pastiche. The swirling guitars and hazy vocals from singer Tom Salo on tracks like recent single Conjoining Rite ensure the mood is dark and moody but never too gloomy.
Up next it’s Albert Albert, it’s a fairly rare appearance from them, having only played a handful of London shows so far. The quintet consisting of Anna Goodall, ex-Kaiser Chiefs, Nick Hodgson, ex Black Wire-ers Tom Greatorex and Danny Prescott and current Howling Bells member Juanita Stein provide luscious 60’s inspired sounds, fuzzy guitars and melodies that you can’t help be absorbed in. The combination of Goodall’s and Hodgson’s vocals create sweet harmonies, Albert Albert seem to have the ability to write killer pop hooks with a real retro feel, definitely excited to see more from them.
LIFE are next on, Artrocker has championed the Hull four-piece for a while so of course it’s only right we’re here to see one of their busiest London gigs yet, it’s an energetic, infectious performance as they tear their way through recent singles Money and Take Off With You as well as treating us to a handful of new tracks including the impossibly fast Go, Go, Go. If you like your indie with a serving of scuzzy punk and a riotous live performance then go, go, go see ‘em.
If three bands in one night weren’t quite enough we’re then treated to a special guest set from Sydney’s Howling Bells before their V Festival appearance at the weekend. Stein takes to the stage for the second time this evening, this time in her usual position as front women. The band is back after a three year break, returning in June with their new album Heartstrings. First single from the record the sultry and sulky Slowburn is a highlight at tonight’s gig it’s clear from the crowds reaction at the Garage that they’ve built up a loyal following since they first appeared on the scene ten years ago. This may be a gig to showcase new blood but Howling Bells prove old favourites are still very much welcome.
So what do you get when Birthday Records and its impressive stable of new artists join forces with Artrocker? A resounding success that’s what.
Having not heard anything about Albert Albert for about a year I thought I'd check what was going on. They had apparently recorded an album and it was being mixed, but bassist Tom Greatorex says:
“When musicians say their band broke up because of drugs, musical differences, or arguments about boyfriends or girlfriends, it sounds like the ultimate cliché – but that’s what happened to Black Wire in 2007. After that, I was in a band called Albert Albert with Nick Hodgson from Kaiser Chiefs, Juanita Stein from Howling Bells and Danny Prescott, the drummer from Black Wire. But we were so good we ended up splitting up, too."