Fastfast is the first release of 2011 for Geordie lovelies Let’s Buy Happiness through their label Ghost Arc Records on 28th Feb and c’or it’s a corker! Featuring a video shot in the Lake District (on a rather frosty looking bleak day) this track breaks through the winter gloom-
The five-piece have been going for little more than a year, but have already grabbed the attention of the powers-that-be at 6Music, including Tom Robinson, Lauren LaVerne and Huw Stephens. Not only that, they’ve played a host of high profile gigs, including the John Peel Stage at last year’s Glasto. Not bad for a band who are completely DIY and still in their relative infancy.
Fastfast bounces into being with a flurry of drum beats that sound like a tribal call to arms; the real treat comes on the first note of singer Sarah Hall’s questioning voice as she sings above a delicate blanket of guitar chords and picking…
Much has been made of Hall’s vocal styling which draws on influences as varied as Edith Piaf and minimalist contemporaries like The XX. The sound however is entirely her own; “I’ve always sounded like that- they told me when I tried to join the choir at school I’d be better off singing somewhere else”… No less impressive is the band that backs her; James and Graeme blend seamlessly to create an ethereal body for sarah’s vocal melodies, with bassist Mark and drummer James providing the song’s pulse. Instrumental highs and lows add emotion to a song lyrically ambiguous, and provide that chink of sunshine that Hall’s chilled-voice otherwise subdues.
The result is of course infectiously catchy, and remarkably beautiful. Let’s Buy Happiness are currently on the ‘Fastfast tour’- check their myspace for dates. Find out more about singer, Sarah Hall here in an interview with Creature about her work as an illustrator.
Image: Sarah Hall
Video: fastfast- Let’s Buy Happiness (Ghost Arc Records, 2011) courtesy of the band.
Sarah Hall is an illustrator and singer with the band Let’s Buy Happiness. An all round creative lady. To celebrate the release of their new single “Fast Fast” on 28th Feb we are publishing Sarah’s lovely artwork and asking her some questions about her creative endeavours… you can listen to the music and buy the new single here: letsbuyhappiness.bandcamp.com Enjoy!
What do you do?
I illustrate, write lyrics and sing in a band called Let’s Buy Happiness.
Why do you do it?
It’s second nature.
Who are your influences?
Music when I’m doing art and art when I’m writing lyrics.
What inspires your work?
Most things, It can be a title, a story, a screenshot, something a friend says anything really, I recently watched a film about Edith Piaf and it just made me want to draw.
What have you been working on recently?
I’ve done a lot of design work in the last 2 years for band posters, vinyl, and EP covers. For our last single I wrote, created props and directed a music video. I played Glastonbury’s John Peel stage this last festival with the XX and Foals Plus made T-shirts for the band other than that I’ve also created artwork for both my record label and for other people too.
What do you like?
Odd things, clever things, detailed, patterned things, timeless work.
What don’t you like?
Fashionable art, something that within a month you see about 300 drawings of the same thing, hopefully I’m not too guilty of it!
Darling indie-poppers Exlovers release their new single ‘Blowing Kisses’ on Y&L club on 28th February. With their boy/girl harmonies and guitar driven melodies, they’re comparible to the gender-bending early days of Placebo by way of Belle & Sebastian with lots of sunshine thrown into the mix.
After the 2009 release of their 10” vinyl EP through Chess Club Records, the band have slowly built a serious reputation around the bones of their lo-fi 90s indie-pop sound, which taps into the transient whimsical nature of kidulthood and romance. Having gained radio support from major djs such as Zane Lowe and Steve Lamacq, the Exlovers are now signed to ‘powerhouse of indie goodness’ Young & Lost Club records. They’ve also embarked on their UK tour to coincide with the release of bittersweet love song ‘Blowing kisses‘.
A break-neck example of the type of sound the band are capable of achieving, the track is a 2 minute window into the confusion and the wonder of first love, symbolically driven home through a hi-hat pulse that kicks like a heartbeat, or more aptly, like the first-flush excitement of romance. ‘Blowing kisses‘ is about the genderless pits and troughs of falling in love and the complicatedness it brings to life- ‘blowing kisses, telling tales, I know you’re waiting for someone else’.
The boy/girl dynamic of the group gives a sense of credulence to a track that encompasses a visage of melodious pep elevated above a current of heartache. Having drawn comparisons to the likes of Belle and Sebastian, or currently en vogue Warpaint with their emotional narrative style and lilting vocal harmonies, this track certainly does credit to those shout-outs, producing a really lovely track that’ll sit nicely on any spring time compilation. We’re moving out of the winter, but we’re not quite in the sun.
Currently recording their new album with Demian Costallanos and Jimmy Robertson (Florence and the Machine), it should be released late in 2011 and is definately something to look forward to. In the meantime, put this track on and think back to the first “I love you”…
LISTEN TO: if you like Warpaint, Belle & Sebastian, The Pipettes, early Brian Molko meets Elliot Smith FIND IT: Pre-order the limited 7″ vinyl from Y&LC… Get it on itunes from 28 feb AND/OR for free stream at the band’s soundcloud page. You can also download the b-side Moth-eaten memories for FREE here…. it’s a cracker. RATE IT: 3/5
Welcome back to Monday! We see in the week with brand new art from Mohan Ballard. This is exclusive, unseen and hot of the pallet. We are privileged to have Mohan and his partner in crime Ollie Stone who will bouncing ideas back and forth every other week. There having trouble catching the Cake Monster at the moment!