You’ve got to be a certain type of person to take inspiration from a man who has been on any version of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, and that kind of person is usually a middle aged layabout mother of two, desperately trying to claw some hope into her life after a lifetime wasted. Luckily, there are some other types who take heed from the series, too, with Bradford quartet Lou Diamond Phillips taking their name from a man who is apparently also renowned for finishing 186th in the World Series of Poker, 2009 and was nominated for a Tony award for his role in The King and I.
The sounds they make are just as eclectic as their namesake, drawing largely on math and post rock for their meandering, jam band sound. It’s a noise that kind of gallops along, not quite breakneck but certainly bracing, bristling with ideas. Their boundaries, at the moment, seem stuck within the confines of a yorkshire town far from known for it’s musical roots, which is a shame – their weirdo musings deserve a much greater audience than the 12 MySpace friends they currently boast. Maybe if Y Niwl had spent more time doing science homework than watching Saved by the Bell, this is what they’d have come up with.
Lou Diamond Phillips – Liberace Finger