Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Bookhouse Boys


One of the definitive sounds of the year may well prove to be ‘big indie’, by which I mean large-numbered bands (say, more than five people) playing big-sounding music. I know that this type of thing can tread a thin line and very easily tip into ‘stadium indie’, which is very bad. But keep on the right side of the line and the results can be very good indeed. On this right side, my highlights of the year so far have been the new Islands album and the output of Broken Records. The fact that both of these bands have yet to make a major impact probably means that I’m barking up the wrong tree, but who knows.

Anyway, here’s another. The Bookhouse Boys are a large band, consisting of nine people, playing widescreen, epic tunes which manage to combine mariachi horns, strings, surf guitar, call-and-response singalongs, and snarling rock vocals and make them all seem like magnificently natural bedfellows. Their name, though not entirely accurate (their ranks include one solitary female), is after the secret society in Twin Peaks. If we’re talking films, I can’t think of a David Lynch movie which their music would be appropriate for, but I am imagining a sort of supercharged Sergio Leone soundtrack. Maybe a bit like a Spaghetti Western starring Steven Seagal. Now that would be quite something.

Download: The Bookhouse Boys – Dead
Download: The Bookhouse Boys – G-Surf

Buy the limited edition 7 inch singles Tonight and Dead here.


5 comments:

Anonymous said...

saw them unexpectedly at Camden Crawl, blew me away live!

The Daily Growl said...

I can imagine that they put on an impressive show. Must get to see them soon...

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