Black celebration of band's debut
THOUGH this growing trend for young people growing beards and picking up acoustic guitars like it's 1971 is all very nice, there's some of us in Cornwall who still want filthy bands who churn out noise with swagger and feedback, writes Lee Trewhela.
Thankfully, there is at least one.
The Black Tambourines, from Falmouth, who memorably supported The Fall at the Princess Pavilion earlier this year, have just released their debut album on the small DIY indie label Art Is Hard.
It is a thing of ragged beauty – recorded in the most lo-fi of ways, it's a fringe-shaking (if I still had one) brutal mix of thrashed guitar, strafing bass, lackadaisical vocals and tunes like your favourite New York sidewalk-strewn indie gods used to make.
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Black Out is a C86-with-balls roustabout while Bodies is a slo-mo amalgam of The Strokes and Jesus and Mary Chain. There are echoes of everyone from Sonic Youth and The Ramones to Deerhunter and Skaters in the Tambourines' sound; meaning scuzzy sonics aligned to coruscating tunes.
Something as genuinely thrilling as Far Out Boy should be heard by all.
Potted band history – guitarists Josh and Sam were at Falmouth School together while Jim and Jake were at the Roseland together. They met at Truro College and formed a band out of jamming the heroes of the alternative under the guidance of tutor Rob Carter.
They studied art after college but like all good musicians dropped out to focus on playing. The band released a single on Art Is Hard followed by an EP and now the debut album, all while touring the country non-stop for the past two and a half years and making a few excursions to Spain for a growing fanbase there.
They've already done the majority of the work towards their second album, both records being recorded at Troubadour Studios in Falmouth.
So what of that Fall gig?
Jake told me: "That was a dream come true, though Mark E Smith is not an easy man to converse with."
Head here to listen and buy the album – http://artishardrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-black-tambourines
You can see the band at Falmouth's Jacob's Ladder on Friday, November 8.