If there’s ever been a super-group for a genre, then this is it. Anti-folk has been around for well over a decade now, but it’s only in the last couple of years, mainly thanks to the Juno soundtrack, that it’s really made any inroads into the mainstream. The musical star of that film, whether through her solo work or as half of the ridiculously influential Moldy Peaches, was kimya Dawson, and she forms a quarter of The Bundles, who’ve recently announced their first UK tour. The other members of the band are hardly strangers either, with brothers Jeff and Jack Lewis taking up the core of the group and Regina Spektor drummer Anders Griffen.
Much of the press has been about how this is a ‘new’ band, but they’ve supposedly been together since 2002 on a ad-hoc, whenever possible basis. However, it’s only recently that they’ve managed to scrape together enough material for their debut album, which came out earlier this month on K Records. From the little that I’ve managed to hear of it, it’s pretty much what you’d expect from the foursome, and at times it sounds eerily reminscent Moldy Peaches, which can only be a good thing. Jeff Lewis’ trademark wordplay is on show, as are Dawson’s unique quirks, all played out to a jangly, easy going guitar and percussion backdropAnyway, to listen to ‘klutter’ from their eponymous debut, have a listen below, and their UK dates are listed below, too.
The Bundles – Klutter
15th May – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
16th May – ABC2, Glasgow
17th May – The Deaf Institute, Manchester
18th May – Trinity Arts Center, Bristol
19th May – Union Chapel, London
20th May – Komedia, Brighton