The Bin Bags self-titled album is everything I had hoped DRINKS (the Cate Le Bon & Tim Presley collaboration) would be. The Bin Bags are from London and count Rose Keeler of Keel Her as a member.Their brand of hazy and playful psychedelia strikes a fine balance between pop and weird. It’s got bits of the Syd Barrett, Acetone and Ultimate Painting in it. Their confident and steady hand doesn’t seem to be trying to impress you with how weird they can be, rather they sound more like they’re trying to hide their weirdness.
Quick, how many animals can you spot on the cover of Jacco Gardner’s Cabinet of Curiosities? I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time studying the cover of Jacco Gardner‘s debut album which came out on Trouble in Mind earlier this year while listening to it. Mind altering substances, be they Gardner’s songs or something else, help you find more creatures, some real and some imagined. The record is a sound & site to behold.
If you haven’t figured it out, Gardner is something of a Dutch Syd Barrett at least in song writing style, hopefully not in acid taking regiment. The album is good but since Gardner played and sang the entire thing except for the drums, it can sound a little canned at times. That is why I’m looking forward to his date at the Barboza (aka Neumo’s basement) this Wednesday night with a full band. The already good songs will undoubtedly break free of their earthly shackles and become wild animals in the night. Hiding in the trees like on the cover leaping out at you from where you hadn’t the faintest idea they were lurking. No other mind alter substances required.
You can pick up Cabinet of Curiosities and/or his brand new single The End of August from his label Trouble in Mind.
Wed. Oct. 9 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Thu. Oct. 10 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Sat. Oct. 12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
Tue. Oct.15 – Washington DC @ Black Cat Backstage
Wed. Oct 16 – Oct 19 – New York, NY @ CMJ
Mon. Oct. 21 – Montreal, QC @ Le Divan Orange
Tue. Oct. 22 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
Wed. Oct. 23 – Hamilton, ON @ This Ain’t Hollywood
Fri. Oct. 25 – Detroit, MI @ Garden Bowl
Sat. Oct. 26 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Sun. Oct. 27 – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog
I read an interview with Electricity In Our Homes where they said that they were influenced by early Postcard records by Orange Juice and Joseph K. On side two of their new album Dear Shareholder which came out a few weeks ago on Fierce Panda, the song Nothing, If Not Lovely starts off with what sounds like a riff lifted from OJ, but then goes all wonky and ends up in some dissonant plane. That, in a nutshell (sorry) is Electricity In Our Homes. There are songs like Oranges with a rattling riff and unforgettable refrain: you’re unhappy because you don’t know you are happy that are immediate and riveting, and then there are some that seem to lose the plot like the afore mentioned Nothing, If Not Lovely.
So why am I bothering to write about a record that isn’t 100% awesome? Because when Dear Shareholder is great, it’s really great and the louder you play it the greater it is. Songs will accelerate to a breaking point like We Are All Trooping Off in a Big Old Gang and then totally slow down and turn into something entirely different and then revert again. I can only imagine that live these songs really come to life. Via the recorded medium they can play havoc with you, like hanging out with a split personality. Sometimes they are the Kinks or the Talking Heads, and at others they are Leika or Syd Barrett. At the very end, on a hidden track that comes up after you think it’s done, they decide that they’re deformed reggae and do a nutso cover of UB40‘s Here I Am Baby. Electricity In Our Home obviously are doing things with complete disregard for the mainstream and have made record that is at the least interesting and at times quite good.