As far as starts go, a record label would have to go pretty far to beat Love & Disaster’s opening gambit. including Delphic and Everything Everything it had two of the BBC’s hotly tipped acts for this year, as well as one of the regions great talents in Jo Rose. Dutch Uncles, also on the EP carry on their relationship with the fledgling label next month, but it’s the openers Airship who’re first up. May 10th sees them unleashing their new 4-track ‘algebra’ through the fledgling imprint, delivering on the glimpses of promise shown on the various compilations they’ve contributed to.
Their sound is one heavily influenced by the melodic indie of the last decade, but tempered with an excitement that can only come from an upcoming band. They may have the line-up of the typical landfill indie bands that flirted with chart success around 2007, but their focus could scarcely be further from the plodding monotony of The Enemy et al. Despite the fact early rehearsals took place a stone’s throw away from where Joy Division crafted their seminal sound, they’re relentlessly high tempo and upbeat. Even during their supposedly slower moments they can barely reign in their enthusiasm – Spirit Party constantly overflows, bursting into life at every opportunity. Final track Go To Sleep is the only time the tempo, showing the band’s subtlety and nous, but it’s the neon-pop of the title track that really sums up what they’re all about. Listen to it here:
Airship – Algebra
You can pre-order your copy of Airship’s Algebra Ep at the Love and Disaster shop for £3 on CD and a pound more if you want it on Vinyl.
Meanwhile, Airship are traversing all around Europe with Editors, so catch them if you can before they return to UK shores for their own headline slots. Dates and a few more songs on their myspace: