In recent years we’ve adopted a couple of basic rules here at Alphabet Bands. Included in these is that, generally speaking, we don’t go in for cover versions or remixes. Of course, that doesn’t mean we never post them, there will always be exceptions and frankly Avec Sans are exceptional.
As the release of their debut album, Heartbreak Hi, draws ever closer (just over a month to go people!) they have returned to the first tune they ever shared. It was their cover version of Bon Iver’s “Perth” that grabbed people’s attention, that shot into the Hype Machine chart, that blogs far and wide got excited about and that made Alice and Jack realise they should probably give this being a band lark a proper go.
Now, four years later and as they sit on the cusp of something amazing (we’ve heard the album, trust us on this) we have a re-worked and exuberant “Perth” to bring us full circle.
The opening is deliciously, fantastically pop and Alice’s ice crystal pure vocal conveys the emotion of the original beautifully. Elsewhere Pet Shop Boys esque crashes and laser light synth lines dazzle and delight, urging you to shake off the heaviness of your world and dance with delight.
It’s vibrant and infectious, everything we’ve come to love from Avec Sans and then some.
As if that wasn’t enough excitement, the band are heading out on tour in June, supporting Ladyhawke and playing their own headline shows. Shows that include an ‘Alphabet Bands presents…’ night on 25 June at the Waterfront Studio. Tickets are £6 (bargain) and available to buy here. See you down the front.
Avec Sans debut album ‘Heartbreak Hi’ is released on 15 July via Beverly Martel and can be pre-ordered here.