UK readers of a certain age will no doubt have seen enough episodes of classic Saturday night hospital TV show, Casualty to know that smoking in bed can only lead to agony, anguish and melodrama. Despite coming from San Diego, the always wonderful TV Girl must have seen the odd episode or two as their latest release is a clearly a warning to all of the perils of late night smoking whilst snuggled up. It’s a hell of a lot more entertaining than an hour of Charlie and Duffy and the like getting worked up by a lack of bandages in the store cupboard.
Steeped in the lo fi, hazy throwback sounds of summers long since past that TV Girl do so well, “She Smokes In Bed” is a gloriously fuzzy piece of indie infused retro-pop. It brings to mind old cine-film of people enjoying a fun fair, candy floss on the carousel, laughing at the scares on the ghost train, that sort of thing, all captured on picture that is slightly wobbly and degraded around the edges. The song’s bright and breezy aural qualities are not matched by the tale it tells. No, much like you know exactly what will happen to the kid who plays on an abandoned building site (or whatever other set-up they are using this week) at the beginning of Casualty, it is all too clear what fate will befall Mary in this sardonic story of a woman who cares little for her own well being.
“She Smokes In Bed” is taken from the new TV Girl EP, Lonely Women, which will be out 18 June. You can pre-order the EP here and even get it on a limited edition (only 150) cassette if you so wish.
Ask anyone of a certain age about guitar music from the nineties, and chances are you’ll be treated to a sermon on the merits of Britpop. But before cool Britannia, before Oasis V Blur and 100 sound-a-likes came along, guitar music was quite different. It was much less replete with cockiness and ‘look at me’ sensibilities and much more focused on soft, fuzzy, lo-fi riffs, ground out and awash with reverb.
It is this kind of DIY fuzziness that Leicester based trio, Sisterland have recreated on their new release, the Dirty White EP. To imply it is nothing more than an affectionate jaunt down memory lane is unfair however. The incessant pounding drums and swirling, shoe-gazey vocals inspire more than just nostalgia and a yearning for Doc Martin boots and tie-dyed shirts.
It’s a pacy little thing, the four tracks clocking in at little more than 12 minutes in total and title track, “Dirty White” (which ironically is the most sedate of all) blends in a very modern pop influence and great hook. “Bunny Ears” is the Road Runner track, whipping past at breakneck speed in a thunderclash of drums and bass while closer, “Milk & Honey” swoops down and scoops you up onto a cloud of reverb.
The Dirty White EP is out today via Blessing Force and can be bought digitally or on limited-edition coloured cassettes with screenprinted covers – available here.
You can stream “Dirty White” below and then check out the DIY-riffic video for “Bunny Ears”, complete with the early nineties blue screen effect of random missing limbs and instrument parts.
We are pretty positive people here at Alphabet Bands and it may appear that we pretty much like everything. We don’t; sometimes we LOVE stuff and this is one of those times.
San Diego indie-pop duo TV Girl have announced details of their new 7″ single and quite frankly, it’s ace. The single features two tracks, “Girls Like Me” and “Sarah (Meet Me in the Sauna)”, and is available for pre-order from Small Plates prior to its release on 4 October. We would have posted earlier about this but we were too busy ordering our own copy as the single is limited to 500 copies, the first 150 of which will be on ‘Hella Yella’ (gold) vinyl.
Check out both songs here and let us know what you think in the comments, we think that “Girls Like Me” is a wonderfully languid piece of lo-fi dreampop, do you agree?