Getting older is terrible. The most obvious indicator that your youth is slowly passing away from you isn’t the wrinkles on your face, but in your attitude towards alcohol. Before your 18th birthday arrives, it’s treated like priceless nectar to be necked at any possible opportunity, regardless of the consequences. As you mature towards your 20’s it becomes more aspirational – the joy of legally being allowed to soak your body in toxins mixed with the excitement of potentially new, mysterious social situations. Slowly it resembles more an old friend, to be quietly mulled over. As far as reminders about your mortality go, there are few as excruciating as wondering in to a gig and seeing drunk underage kids blank eyed, throwing up against a wall whilst their friends ask you if you’ll go to the bar for them.
What then for bands? Having being voted one of Drowned in Sounds’ bands for 2006, The Strange Death of Liberal England might as well have been around forever. To put it into context, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were number 2 in the equivalent BBC poll of the same year, coming above The Feeling and Chris Brown but failing to topple the might of Corinne Bailey Rae. A mini-album followed in 2007 as well as a couple of singles, but the career that looked to be beckoning never really called, and the fivesome retreated to take stock and rethink. That they’ve already exceeded the lifespan of thousands of other ‘next big thing’ barely seems to register with them: the start of the year saw them hit the comeback trail with a slot supporting Editors in March, along with new single ‘Flagships’.
With their name stolen from a book about the decline of the British Liberal Party, their sound is one that is aptly filled with decay, a stylishly industrial brand of pop being their output. the obvious comparisons are to their recent tourmates, but whilst Editors have often settled for being an anthemic sub-Interpol for provincial towns,it’s a different kind of depth that TSDOLE that bit different. ‘Flagship’ doesn’t only have the kind of name that British Sea Power would obviously treasure, but it harbours a sound similar to the outfits more clasutrophobia moments . Where BSP leave room to breathe, TSDOLE refuse to let up, their sound slowly coiling in upon you.
They’re touring the UK later in the year and you should definitely be there. It might be a bit redundant compared to their newer work, but here’s a track from Forward March!, all the way back in 2007. You can stream Flagships from their MySpace and see their tourdates below:
The Strange Death of Liberal England – A Day Another Day
9 May 2010 The Wedgewood Rooms – NME Radar Tour Southsea, GB
9 Jun 2010 Brighton Freebutt Brighton, South , GB
10 Jun 2010 Joiners Southampton, UK
14 Jun 2010 The Cluny Newcastle, UK
15 Jun 2010 Saki Bar Manchester, GB
16 Jun 2010 Brudenell Leeds, UK
17 Jun 2010 Monarch London, UK