Los Campesinos! may have moved on from the international tweexcore underground, but that doesn’t mean that it’s dead. Far from it – the C86 lifestyle still lives on, as Manchester’s Help Stamp Out Loneliness are proving. Describing themselves as ‘gender symmetric’, the six piece make the kind of music that Sarah records would’ve been proud to call it’s own. It’s a sound that bounces around with carefree disregard for all the cool scenes around it, coming across as somewhere between a track by Heavenly and a Belle and Sebastien b-side.
The main difference from the Amelia Fletcher bands of the 80’s is the inclusion of a keyboard. Well, in fact, make that two, as the band certainly repeat the benefits of being a larger outfit. It might not be the epic, swirling mass that artists like Arcade Fire have made their own, but it’s definitely got depth. D. Lucille Campbell’s almost androdgynous vocals loom over the tracks, adding kind of beautiful sadness to the tracks. They’ve already had two singles out, and hopefully there will be a lot more to come – they’ve got 6 tracks on their myspace, and they’re all pretty good. And who couldn’t love a band who sing ‘You’re like a box of Terry’s All Gold/And Pam Ayres poetry’*.
Haven’t found any MP3s, so, unfortunately, you’ll have to make do with a link to the band’s myspace. If anyone has any, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Help Stamp Out Loneliness – Myspace (link)
*cheers for the correction, I am terrible at lyric listening.