First off, a brand spanking new band: Savages. Methinks the spirit of post-punk is strong in this one (as does Paul Lester at The Guardian.) Particularly Joy Division, which is never necessarily a bad thing. There is something doomy and urgently dramatic about them, and it will be interesting to watch them grow and to see how much they transcend their influences.
Sticking with post punk, here is an early demo track I found on Youtube by Stockport’s finest, the much missed Red Vinyl Fur. An interview in the Manchester Evening News once described them as Joy Division’s younger sisters, getting into Throwing Muses. There is, it has to be said, an element of truth to that with ‘Zero Point’.
Meanwhile, over in Glasgow, 6DayRiot singer Tamara Schlesinger will be releasing her debut solo album in August. I haven’t heard any bits of it yet, but the press release was intriguing:
“Built around an original concept of interweaving layers of a capella vocals, Tamara was able to recruit the cream of Scottish musical talent to help develop and embellish this, incorporating strings, electric guitar and percussion from musicians whose previous collaborations include work with Teenage Fanclub, Salsa Celtica, Emeli Sande, Texas and Isobel Campbell.”
At the time of writing a UK tour was being scheduled. Here is Tamara with 6DayRiot and ‘Run for your life’. I found the little Clare Grogan esque yelps on this track endearing, and it will be interesting to hear the solo album.
Coming at post punk from a different direction, this is the newest single from electro goth artiste Karin Park. It was released on May 27, preceding new album Highwire Poetry by a day.
Are there any other musical women out there that you feel are chanelling post punk at the moment, and if so, who? Which performers do you think it is they are chanelling? It could be interesting to get some clinical statistics on this particular trend…
Image of fanzine artwork drying at the Victoria Baths Fanzine Convention in Manchester on 19 May by Cazz Blase. Copyleft