In theory, supergroups should be the pinaccle of music, the collection of the best talents from some of the best bands from around the world. In practice, all that we get is Them Crooked Vultures making some of the most bland, monotonous ‘rock’ songs of the decade and Jack White pointlessly making another band to release another album with. The hype is oten far greater than the quality of the overall product, and it’s rare that you get anything more than a decent single and a record oozing with filler songs. Obviously, there is room for brilliance, but how?
Novels are less a group, more a project. The idea behind it was simple – 5 friends go into a studio and don’;t come out until they’ve written, practised and recorded an EP. Consisting of Graham Wright of Tokyo Police Club, Luke Lalonde from Born Ruffians as well as Will Currie (Will Currie and the Country Sad), Dean Marino (ex~po) and Jason Sadlowski (Jay Sad), it read like a who’s who of the indie music scene coming out of Canada from the past few years. The record follows a similar trend, and with a few listens you can distill the songs down to their original parts, and there’s talent seeping from every moment of the 15 or-so minutes they’ve released. The fact that it was all done exclusively within 16 hours simply makes the whole thing even more astounding.
The great thing is that the band haven’t done this for personal gain – it’s free to download, in return for your listening they only ask that you pass the EP on. They want you to burn the songs onto CDs and hand them out in parks, leave them on buses or stash them in a magazine. So, for my part, this is me passing on the excellent work of Novels. Spread it as you see fit:
Novels – Mr Foster’s Teenage Daughter
Download the EP: http://www.okaynovels.com/download.html