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#14279 - Thu, 05 Feb 2009 00:03:00 Synth-based Bands in 2009
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There seems to be an influx of synth-based bands this year (La Roux, Little Boots, Empire Of The Sun). Anybody got any views on what to look out for and what to avoid?

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#14280 - Thu, 05 Feb 2009 04:28:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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Other than the ones you've mentioned, there are tons of new bands. Ones with albums out now include:

White Lies
Lady Gaga
Ladyhawke
Matinee Club - this is an old one, but still great
Franz Ferdinand - very synthy in places
Keane - very 80's sound to it
Peter Heppner

Ones to look out for:

Frankmusik
Fever Ray - side project from The half of The Knife
Decimals

There are many more if you have the patience to look...

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#14281 - Thu, 05 Feb 2009 04:29:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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Actually, I suspect the new Lily Allen might be a bit of a cracker based on first single The Fear. Take a gander on youTube...

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#14282 - Thu, 05 Feb 2009 06:57:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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Dont know if you realised that you listen to the whole of Lilly Allen's new album on her myspace:-

http://www.myspace.com/lilymusic

Ladyhawke I've seen live last year before she started getting famous.Really good album,synth meets rock meets Stevie Nicks meets Gary Numan.

Out of the rest of the crop I like Little Boots most.

Brian

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#14283 - Thu, 05 Feb 2009 18:08:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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Quote:
Originally posted by Si_W:
Other than the ones you've mentioned, there are tons of new bands. Ones with albums out now include:

White Lies
Lady Gaga
Ladyhawke
Matinee Club - this is an old one, but still great
Franz Ferdinand - very synthy in places
Keane - very 80's sound to it
Peter Heppner

Ones to look out for:

Frankmusik
Fever Ray - side project from The half of The Knife
Decimals

There are many more if you have the patience to look...
Alright Si? I like the albums by White Lies, Lady GaGa, Franz Ferdinand and Keane but I'm not so taken by Knife. I also have Frankmusik and Lily Allen on order. Given this, which of the others are worth giving a spin?

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#14284 - Fri, 06 Feb 2009 02:36:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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Matinee Club and Ladyhawke...

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#14285 - Fri, 06 Feb 2009 06:37:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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Please listen to Innerpartysystem, bunch of lads from the USA, I had tickets to see them in Leeds on Monday night (2nd Feb), however due to that stuff called snow me and my daughter just could not get there. Difficult to describe their sound but it's sort of like a grungy synth rock.
They do a cover of Joy Divisions Transmission and it tears up your speakers.

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#14286 - Tue, 10 Feb 2009 17:14:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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Ta much for the recommends, here are a few new(ish) things that will continue to occupy space on the ipod in 09.

Amazing how many good synth bands have emerged from down under in the last year or so, to name a few:

Midnight Juggernauts - their album 'Dystopia' has a great intro.

Van She - jangly synthpop, not half bad.

Cut Copy - epic synthpop that wears its influences on its sleeve.

Pivot - instrumental, a bit proggy, Vangelis early Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze etc. are obvious influences.

Grafton Primary - their album Eon features some great synth and there's sequencers abound.

The Presets - have a couple of albums out, first is the best, muscular synthpop.

From France:

M83 - his new album 'Saturdays = Youth' is a gem, all the others are pretty good too.

Anoraak - 'Nightdrive With You' is a big favorite at the moment and the track 'Never Ending Romance Disaster' has to be up there for song title of the year.

And from Germany:

Bookashade - they do a lot of dance music as well as albums of original material, can recommend their last one 'The Sun & The Neon Light' for those who like to do a little hip shaking while they do the dishes.

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#14287 - Wed, 11 Feb 2009 06:49:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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I'll just add the Filthy Dukes, album out in March. If you want synths http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPD0jB53Vbo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMAz9MlTjHo

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#14288 - Thu, 12 Feb 2009 01:15:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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I think we’re in the most exciting period of synthetic material since the 1978-82 heyday. The best new acts all seem to be female led which gives an exciting new take on the genre. 80’s electronic music was very male and any females that did get involved like Annie Lennox or Alison Moyet had a bluesy vocal style which was quite ‘butch’ so that’s why this new female variety is so fresh smile

So the future’s female, the future’s electro! Here’s the pick of my bunch:

LITTLE BOOTS
This girl really is the future of electronic music. She’s a dream come true, the pretty synth geek!! Like a one-girl Goldfrapp with nods towards Giorgio Moroder, she uses a fantastic new sequencing instrument by Yamaha called a Tenorion.

www.myspace.com/littlebootsmusic

LA ROUX
Some say her voice is very shrill but it’s certainly unique. Rhythmically, there’s shades of Prince, Blancmange and Heaven17 while there’s lots of analogue riffage on top. Thinks “girls look wicked playing synths!”

www.myspace.com/larouxuk

MARSHEAUX
Greek female synthesizer duo influenced by Human League, Depeche Mode and OMD. Very popular in Germany and label mates of Client at ‘Out Of Line’ Records. Second album “Peek-A-Boo” was critically acclaimed and third album due in 2009. Have also collaborated with OMD on a new version of “She’s Leaving”

www.myspace.com/marsheaux

PARRALOX
Imagine if Madonna had joined The Human League around “Dare”? This girl/boy Australian duo use the classic 80’s electronic sound like Linn drums and Fairlight for a vibrant style of modern electronic pop.

www.myspace.com/parralox

RED BLOODED WOMEN
Yes, they’re a girl group but have a big synthetic slant, they even have a song called “Synthesizer”! Largely produced by one-time Human League support act Trademark, their next single is a superb cover of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy The Silence” while their own sound has nods to other acts from the Mute Records roster.

www.myspace.com/redbloodedwomenmusic


KATJA VON KASSEL
‘Electro Weimar Cabaret’ best describes opera schooled Katja. She sings in both German and English, often within the same song. “Lili Marlene” and “Goodbye Was Never Said” are dark but accessible electro. In the words of her own MySpace page, it’s the 1930’s meets the future!

www.myspace.com/katjamusic


All these acts have been featured on “Electronically Yours” www.league-online.com which covers new and classic electro.

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#14289 - Thu, 12 Feb 2009 03:12:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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Have to admit I do like the new Lily Allen album...

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#14290 - Thu, 12 Feb 2009 18:38:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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There are lots of synth bands out there. Some new, some old. I recommend:-

Mind.In.A.Box.
Rotersand
Covenant
VNV Nation
Modulate
Reaper
Code 64
Dupont
Noisuf-X
Solitary Experiments
Negative Format
SITD
Suicide Commando
Marsheaux
And One
State Of The Union
Colony 5
Apoptygma Berzerk
SPOCK
IAMX
Combichrist
Icon Of Coil
Frozen Plasma
Revolution By Night
Mesh
KLOQ
S.A.M.
Wynardtage
Assemblage 23
Ayria
Melotron
Soman
Welle Erdball
Les Anges De La Nuit
Glis
Iris
Conetik
Obscenity Trial
Syrian
Angels And Agony
Lights Of Eurphoria
Seabound
Edge Of Dawn

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#14291 - Sat, 14 Feb 2009 02:00:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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Am loving Parralox - thanks for the heads-up.


Chappie cool

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#14292 - Tue, 17 Feb 2009 23:17:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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Total pleasure. PARRALOX got 9000 hits on their website the other day cos of a mention on the Perez Hilton blog!

www.parralox.com

On another note, I went to see KATJA VON KASSEL tlast night. Totally brilliant, she's got a fantastic new song called "Lies" which is very 'European' in a classic sense with French accordians and 'Vienna' type piano over an electro tango beat. It's on her myspace if you want to listen

www.myspace.com/katjamusic

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#14293 - Thu, 26 Feb 2009 08:46:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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My favourite poppy synth+guitar type band at the moment are Mesh: http://www.mesh.co.uk/ I'd describe them as somewhere between Ultravox and Nine Inch Nails.

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#14294 - Thu, 26 Feb 2009 21:00:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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Lots of interesting bands there, thanks.

Today's listening sorted now...

smile

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#14295 - Thu, 26 Feb 2009 22:20:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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Thanks a lot everybody! Very interesting! smile
From time to time I post some music from the
Danish scene I find great and interesting - and knowing that most of you probably would never come across it. Most of it is rather synth based.
Ootstanding tracks all of them!

Moi Caprice:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpKjHZzXLuQ

Blue Foundation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RA5fkZ0FGc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC4YaQdZ-tY&feature=related

Still one of the best live performances
I´ve ever seen.
Trentemoeller:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvfZaNRpIOA

Kashmir:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D0Gnv-JLUU&feature=related

Spleen United:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEBHMd51b44&feature=related

and don`t miss this one - just a great great track!
Asteroids Galaxy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGjl6ITkFqI

Please take your time and enjoy! smile
Jesper

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#14296 - Sat, 07 Mar 2009 18:14:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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Stop press:

LITTLE BOOTS has recorded a duet for her long awaited debut album with none other than Phil Oakey from THE HUMAN LEAGUE. This young lady is certainly pushing all the right synth pre-set buttons for me at the moment laugh

Difficult to tell from this 20 second snippet as to what it's going to turn out like but it's all sounding very promising

http://www.popjustice.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3485&Itemid=206

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#14297 - Mon, 09 Mar 2009 14:51:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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Quote:
Originally posted by sigfpe:
My favourite poppy synth+guitar type band at the moment are Mesh: http://www.mesh.co.uk/ I'd describe them as somewhere between Ultravox and Nine Inch Nails.
My band (RBN) are playing with Mesh and Covenant at the Electric Ballroom, Camden, on Sunday 5th April. You can get tickets at http://www.slimelightdj.com/gig.html

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#14298 - Mon, 09 Mar 2009 17:21:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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Steve,

I'd love to go, but there's no way I'll get a pass for that, Ultravox & DM sad

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#14299 - Mon, 09 Mar 2009 20:51:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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Mr Sleepwalker: I have a pass for 9 Ultravox gigs! smile

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#14300 - Fri, 29 May 2009 19:27:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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I saw LITTLE BOOTS at London Heaven last night and she was fantastic. Victoria was very entertaining and engaging. Her debut album "Hands" is shaping up to be excellent with lots of excellent new synth driven ditties like "Remedy", "Earthquake" and "Tune Into My Heart" as well established soon-to-be electro classics "Stuck On Repeat" and "Meddle".

We had the added bonus of Phil Oakey joining her on stage for their belting duet "Symmetry"

I've seen the future of pop and her name is LITTLE BOOTS smile

Review on 'Electronically Yours' www.league-online due at the weekend with some excellent pics by Dickie who took some corkers of ULTRAVOX during the "Return To Eden" shows.

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#14301 - Fri, 29 May 2009 19:39:00 Re: Synth-based Bands in 2009
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Bat for lashes has a 80's stying to it and She can sing,,who mentioned Ladyhawke? lurve

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