In the five years or so that I’ve been writing this blog, there have been numerous bands whose music I’ve reviewed that I would have liked see achieve national recognition through radio airplay and general –as opposed to specialist music – press coverage. Most of course don’t for one reason or another.
However, there are a select few for whom I have had such confidence that I’ve been prepared to go on record and predict big things. The first was Fight Like Apes (tick!) and the second was Foxy Shazam (watch this space, following their UK tour support slot with The Darkness.)
THE SAVAGE NOMADS are the third. In the Artrocker piece I wrote several months ago, I considered their album ‘Coloured Clutter’ to be ‘arguably the best debut album from a British band this year.’ With only six weeks remaining of 2011, I’d revise that now and say quite unequivocally that it is the best debut album of the year, and most certainly a contender for THE best album of the year from a British band!
And it seems that I am not the only one to be singing their praises with the hype machine now gathering momentum as more and more people discover the rather unique and ‘intelligent’ sound of THE SAVAGE NOMADS.
‘What The Angel Said,’ is the second single to be taken from ‘Coloured Clutter’ and perhaps best illustrates the distinctive yet versatile sound of the band. The vocals are delivered in a part-spoken / part-sung poetic fashion while the tempo breaks down, cranks up, and explodes with intensity. The guitar is sharp, almost jazz-inspired with the whine of a synth adding depth.
Ah, sod it! It sounds simple … but it isn’t really. There’s much more to this than meets the eye. Ear. Here it is, then.
I dare you tell me I’m wrong about THE SAVAGE NOMADS!
(Released through Alaska Sounds on November 21st 2011)
(10 / 10)