If you leave things long enough, eventually everything comes back into fashion. So, whilst we can sit and wait for our future generations to ransack the culture that our own has already completely ravaged, it’s going to be sooner rather than later that bands dressing up on stage is going to become de rigour again. Starting the trend in earnest are London trio Poltergroom, who take to the stage topless, with oversized hats being their signature piece.
The look also provides the logo of their CD-R, but thankfully they’re much, much more than gimmicky head wear. As with anything decent these days, there’s a D.I.Y. ethic that’s central to their ragtag sound, seemingly possessing the ability to knock together anything and make it sound great. They claim their main influence is Role playing card franchise Magic the Gathering, which is either a joke or a terrifying announcement that their may be a new wave of nerdcore bands who truly know how to make great music. Either way, their noise is one of traditional rock turned inside out, ripped up, put in a blender or any other kind of messing up that you can imagine – their tracks all have a spark and determination, like garage rock before it became the hipster meme of choice. There’s a beautiful lack of pretension throughout their tracks, which is probably the reason they sound so refreshing. Of course, when you’re watching them strut about wearing hats with eye holes in, that may not be the case entirely.
They’ve got a seven inch coming out (or that is out, depending on who you believe) on Nuts and Seeds, split with Mucky Sailors, which should be suitably brilliant. The two bands completed a UK tour last May, along with Lobster, which sounds like it was the greatest thing to ever have happened in Manchester’s Klondyke Bowls Club. Here’s some tracks:
Poltergroom – Magic the Guttering
Poltergroom – Toilet Doors