Thursday, July 14, 2011

The band tradin' as Candidate

Hmm. That didn't come out sounding as close to The Manchurian Candidate as it sounded like when I said it with a mouth full of banana.

An email, then, from a band in America, called Candidate, politely introducing themselves:

We've been compared to an assortment of bands: U2, The Cure, Radiohead, The Replacements and even Coldplay. (As a self-proclaimed rock mathematician, I stand by the statement that our lyrics at least are one billion times better than Coldplay's).
What do you get if you multiple "they was all yellow" by a billion?

I don't hear much Coldplay or U2 there, obviously (otherwise the email would have been flushed without a backward glance); to me, they remind me more of James musically with a vocal almost fighting back over the top which could almost be a bit Blue Aeroplanes-y or Cactus World News-y.

But you know what? This is the internet, and you don't have to settle for half-assed attempts to describe a camel in terms of the animals it might be constructed from. They're over on Bandcamp, awaiting your streaming ears and - if you like - some credit card details. I think you'll find it's worth the click.


2 comments:

Simon said...

What's the churlishness level of pointing out the long established (though now seemingly dormant) British band Candidate?

simon h b said...

Even were there not (quite a few) other bands called Candidate, it feels like a weak name for our times.

Which raises the question: whatever happened to the Band Register?

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