After spending a ridiculous amount of time on geography coursework I decided to take a break before embarking on my maths homework, and because I'm super cool I've decided to spend that break writing a review. There are two more interviews lined up to be posted up here and after that it'll just be reviews every now and then for a while. Come the holidays I'll be getting some new interviews but 'til then the two fabulous interviews I have lined up and these wholesome little reviews are going to have to make do. However, if you're in a band who'd like an interview and are reading this then let me know and I'll see what I can do. So, my first ever review goes to, as the title of this post may or may not have suggested to you: Late Of The Pier. "Sounds like: your ears are melting" and "music to have asthma to" are some of the ways they describe themselves on their MySpace. I do not have asthma, nor do I know what it sounds like when your ears melt, but I imagine their descriptions aren't too far off. Their music sounds like something that the people behind the Mario games' soundtrack would consider but then reject because it was a little too strange. Because their music is strange, but at the same time it manages to be beautiful. Listening to them makes you feel like you're in an 80's fantasy movie; think 'The Labyrinth' set in space with a better soundtrack (no offence to meant to David Bowie as I do love him) and you're almost there. I'm not sure if that description meant anything to you, and if not let's just leave it at: they're very very VERY good. Very. New single 'Bathroom Gurgle' manages to be so many things at once you're practically left out of breath by the end of it. NME called it "The Bohemian Rhapsody of New Rave", and while we can scratch the new rave part because 'new rave' might suggest some poor attempt at what is currently "cool" music, the Bohemian Rhapsody bit isn't too far off. With so much happening in this sometimes frantic, sometimes smooth piece, it's freakishly hard to restrain yourself from getting up and boogieing on down (there's probably a cooler way of putting that but I have no delusions of grandeur so boogie on down will do just fine). Their debut single 'Space And The Woods' (available for free download on their site, do it NOW) was an instant sell-out, and it's not at all hard to see why.
I can only imagine they'd be fantastic live, getting the crowds into a frenzied mass of utter excitement. Late Of The Pier have managed to take 80's glam music, add a little bit of indie and their own insane je ne sais quoi and make what I can only describe as magic. A little bit confused, a little bit schizophrenic, a lot crazy; in short absolutely fantastic. You never quite know what's coming next, yet it somehow manages to be catchy and that's the sheer beauty of it. Here, have a music video: www.myspace.com/lateofthepier And now for maths homework.