I mentioned a few days ago that I have a small book that I am forever writing the names of bands or tracks in the back of. These are bands or tracks that I hear on the radio or via a podcast or via an article somewhere that the author has simply loved so much that you have to see what the fuss is all about.
This series is sort of inspired by that book and those notes. I’ve called it New Band Friday but in reality most of these acts won’t all be new but rather they are new to me. One things for sure is that they will all be awesome. Bands or acts that are making the sort of music that makes you suddenly sit up and stop what you are doing and find out more about what you are listening to
One band who are doing exactly that are London’s DEADLETTER who insist that you type their name in capitals (which makes them automatically brilliant).
Fit for Work – DEADLETTER (2020, Nice Swan Recordings)
‘Fit for work’ was released last year and is the bands second single and it is an extraordinary piece of work. It’s hugely political and takes aim at the Department of Work and Pensions as a stream of people who clearly can’t work (due to them being dead, blind, having no legs etc) are given reasons why they should be working.
Singer Zac Woolley half talks and half sings his way through the excuses of why these people can’t work and then bats them away with an increasing level of exasperation (“Johnny’s missing two arms but his legs look dandy…fit for work, Brian’s lost’s his legs but he wheels himself well…FIT FOR WORK”). It’s deliberately sarcastic and it’s bloody brilliant because of it.
The statement of “Fit for Work” brings the noise as a cascade of instruments including possibly the greatest use of a bassoon in rock ever as the band whip you into a frenzy.
Earlier this year the band released their latest single – this one takes aims at trendsetters, digital dictators and social media influencers and its equally as infectious as ‘Fit For Work’. An album is expected in the early part of 2022.
Pop Culture Connoisseur – DEADLETTER (2021, Nice Swan Recordings)
Happy New Year Y’all.