One of the best ways of finding new music to listen to is through support bands. So if a band you’ve not heard of are playing with two of thee best new acts on the circuit at the minute, you’re best to sit up and take notice. Whilst The Bundles will be serenading the music hall of Manchester’s Deaf Institute with their anti-folk ditties, Mazes and Spectrals will be in the basement, doing their usual double team. The main event won’t be their trademark laid back twisted interpretations of pop music, though, it’ll be Southern* Ireland’s So Cow.
Seemingly consisting of one man, the eponymous debut album was a startling culmination of so much that’s right about music, both current and past. There’s more than a hint of the lo-fi garage punk that the likes of Nodzzz bathe in so brilliantly, and each song is laced with a sort of lazy lyrical potency that comes across like if Conor ‘Bright Eyes’ Oberst was a lot cooler and had managed to avert his gaze from his naval for a while. It’d also be fair to say that there’s been some inspiration taken from the post-punk years – Brian Kelly’s delivery seems like a fragment from another era, a vocalist of the like that it seemed was forgotten.
Though So Cow might be a new proposition to me, it seems like it’s the opposite to most other people – he’s currently touring the US, following blanket coverage from blogs that actually have their finger on the pulse, coupled with a 7.7 review on pitchfork. It looks like it’s going to be a battle to see which floor of the Deaf Institute the well thinking people of Manchester will be stood on April 28th – and it looks like you’re going to be missing out no matter if you chose the lonesome man from Tuam or the anti-folk superstars upstairs.
So Cow – Halcyon Days
*cheers for the heads up