November 16, 2007


The Strange Death Of Liberal England (GARY FLOCKHART, 6/29/07,

EVERYONE'S talking up The Strange Death Of Liberal England right now, but that's only to be expected of a band with so much talent and such a sneering disregard for doing anything other than whatever they choose. [...]

The last 12 months have been good for the band. After they were voted internet music site Drowned In Sound's readers' choice for 2006, influential radio jock Steve Lamacq caught them playing live at London's tiny Dublin Castle in Camden last year and has played them on Radio 1 and featured them on his BBC 6 Music show ever since. And last December they signed to Fantastic Plastic Records.

It's rare you'll read a review of TSDOLE that doesn't cite their penchant for Canadian bands such as Arcade Fire and, indeed, the group first came together through a mutual love of bands on the famous Montreal Constellation label, home to Godspeed You!, Black Emperor and many more irritatingly-named bands like A Silver Mount Zion and Do Make Say Think.

"It's true, we love Arcade Fire and many of the Constellation label variety," confirms Summerly. "But bands we all have a shared love for, and show through in our music, are bands like Flaming Lips, The Smiths, Pixies, Joy Division - the list just goes on."

REVIEW: of The Strange Death of Liberal England: Forward March (Drowned in Sound, 09/07/2007)
Albion might have long since been revealed as the sentimental ravings of a burned-out junkie, but England’s dreaming doesn’t end with gin in teacups and violence at bus stops. Much like eccentric forebears British Sea Power, The Strange Death Of Liberal England aim at a peculiarly English sensibility that bypasses all the usual attendant clichés; a kind of ‘Old, Weird England’, if you will. That sounds odd, because their most readily apparent influences are American as apple pie and high school massacres – a hefty dose of Win Butler's epic posturing, a hint of Pixies’ biblical surrealism, even a dash of Arturo Bandini’s youthful vigour for the more literarily-inclined among us. But they also infuse Arcade Fire's puritanical streak with a subtle twist of English pastoralism, as well as sharing a moniker pilfered from British non-fiction texts with those aforementioned Kendal émigrés. It's not quantifiable in kebab wrappers or trite mockneyisms, but it's English all the same.

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-BAND OF THE MONTH: The Strange Death of Liberal England (Control Yourself, July 2007)

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 16, 2007 12:00 AM
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