Friday, January 29, 2010

Black Tambourine

I like Black Tambourine as much as the next indiepop fan, just so long as that indiepop fan isn’t American and in a band! They’ve been the number one influence to drop for a generation of US indie bands, which points to their position as being the first American band to harness Mary Chain feedback, girl group pop sensibilities, simple punk guitar solos and a ramshackle DIY ethic.

Nothing about them in 1990 was that original to anyone who'd been paying attention to the UK indie underground of the previous five years, but they picked up the baton with a certain essence that still makes them sound pretty special today.

Slumberland are releasing a retrospective with four new songs on March 30. There’s an MP3 of For Ex-Lovers Only here and a tracklisting for the album here:
1. For Ex-Lovers Only
2. Black Car
3. Pack You Up
4. Can't Explain
5. I Was Wrong
6. Throw Aggi Off The Bridge
7. Drown
8. We Can't Be Friends
9. By Tomorrow
10. Pam's Tan
11. For Ex-Lovers Only
(First Demo)
12. Throw Aggi Off The Bridge
(First Demo)
13. Heartbeat
14. Lazy Heart
15. Tears of Joy
16. Dream Baby Dream


richpassivity said...

This & the CHIN CHIN album reissue that Slumberland are also doing is great news!

Fire Escape said...

I haven't played my Chin Chin album in at least 10 years...I'll dig it out this week, but they may just be one of those that I don't get as much as others do...

Anonymous said...

your tone is always so decidedly smug :(
maybe it's just cause i'm an american, and a silly girl who sympathizes with people still figuring music out.

Fire Escape said...

I can appreciate you don't agree with my opinion this time around, but always? Really? Your overly self-critical stance (apparently, you suffer from being "American" and a "girl") suggests insecurity over well thought-out opinions.