If you can judge someone by the company they keep, surely the same can be applied to bands, too? Everyone has spent a night or two watching a friend’s band play at a local unsigned night, belting out failed indie anthems alongside a dub-reggae act and a bunch of 13 year old Blink-182 wannabes, in an audience comprised entirely of family and friends. In fact, that’s pretty much exclusively what ‘new bands’ seem to comprise of at times, so it’s always warming to see people not falling into that horrible trap.
Given that Cardiff band Them Squirrels will be played Swn festival last month alongside the irreproachable Islet and Zun Zun Egui, it’s fair to say that they’re going the right way about playing to the right audiences. They’ve got the sound, too, coming acorss as an amalgamation of most of the decent experimental bands of the past couple of years. There’s a hint of Mew in a couple of tracks too, but it’s all been dunked in this wonderful math-rock sound.They constantly seem on the verge of a breakdown, and though it’s tempting to compare them to Battles at times, to my ears they sound more similar to some of 65daysofstatic’s stuff. And it wouldn’t be a proper Them Squirrels blog without mentioning that it’s a project of Attack + Defend’s drummer.
At the minute, it’s not quite clear in which direction they’re really going to go, but surely that’s part of the excitement? The band’s myspace showcases a few tracks, and they’re quite an eclectic bunch. I’ve not been able to find an mp3 to offer you, but I’m sure that there’ll be a few lying around somewhere. Their debut EP ‘Them scribbles’ is out on Shape Records now (link), and although I’ve not heard it, it’s most likely brilliant.
Them squirrels (myspace)