The Main Attraction: Northern Portrait

Three Guys from Copenhagen
If you are a Trashcan Sinatras fan, then you probably were pretty psyched when they came out of hiding a few years ago with an excellent new album and a tour of the States. Well it’s been a while and if you’re like me you are probably growing impatient for the next Trashcan Sinatras album. I think Northern Portrait got tired of waiting and formed their band with a sound that is very reminiscent of that Scottish band. When I first heard Northern Portrait, I was caught by how jangly and catchy their first song Crazy was. It had the jangle of the Smiths‘ this Charming Man or Cemetry Gates, with vocals that had a bit of Morrissey in them. But being a Trashcan Sinatras fan, I can’t get over the similarities of these two bands, right down to their clever lyrics.

Northern Portrait are pretty new, they got together last summer and are based in Copenhagen, Denmark. All three guys were previously in other bands, but from the sounds of it they’ve really gelled as a trio, and have already written a bunch of really catchy songs. Besides that they’ve gone and gotten signed to Matinee Records, home of the Lucksmiths and Math and Physics Club among others. If you are fan of jangly pop songs, these guys will put a smile on your face. Matinee is releasing a four song ep this month, but I sure hope that they have a album up their sleeves, because I don’t know how long four songs will last me. Jangly pop like this is like candy and I find myself lapping it all up in one sitting only to look for more as soon as the sugar rush wares off. Four songs should last me, but I’ll be anxiously looking for that album. According to their myspace, they are currently recording songs for an album, so the wait may not be that long.

mp3: Northern Portrait – Crazy (from The Fallen Aristocracy)

mp3: Northern Portrait – I Give You Two Seconds To Entertain Me

buy: Northern Portrait – The Fallen Aristocracy

A few from the Trashcan Sinatras, who buy the way are finishing recording their follow up to 2004’s Weightlifting. With any luck it’ll be out this year. Buy some Trashcan Sinatras albums here.

mp3: Trashcan Sinatras – Obscurity Knocks (from Cake)

mp3: Trashcan Sinatras – Twisted and Bent (from A Happy Pocket)

And one more song from Swedes Popundret, who had a Smiths/TCS thing going on way back in 1996.
mp3: Popundret – Life Can Be So Hard (from Montmartre 15 40)


  1. Graeme · March 22, 2008

    Heard about Northern Portrait through BlogFresh radio and linked to your site. Sounds like a great band and I hope they do well in the future.

    I remember seeing The Trashcan Sinatras at Edinburgh Uni during Freshers’ Week in 1990 and have loved them since then, despite a lack of output.

    Keep up the good work.


  2. Toby · March 22, 2008

    thank you sir. that blog fresh radio is pretty good stuff, always finding new stuff from them myself.

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