Formed A Band – Art Brut (2004, Rough Trade Records)
Todays shuffle comes courtesy of Alexa. This is what came on first, when at around half past ten last night I said “Shuffle my music”.
When Art Brut first arrived on the scene back in 2004, the band were quickly lumped into a scene that the NME had (again) invented. This scene was called ‘Art Wave’ and other members of the scene apparently included The Rakes, Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party. I have no idea why it was called ‘Art Wave’ possibly because all the bands went to art school and their music had a distinct New Wave feel about it. Who knows?
I only own two songs by Art Brut, this, obviously, and a cover version of a Cure song (‘Catch’) that they did for the aforementioned NME about ten years ago (which Songwhip doesn’t have, sorry). The band have a kind of spiky guitar sound (which is probably best described as ‘post punk’) that fits in with the singing style of their singer, Eddie Argos. Argos kind of half sings and half speaks, something that is very popular in music at the moment.
I hear a lot of what Yard Act and to a lesser extent bands like TV Priest are doing right now in what Art Brut were doing fifteen or so years ago (but Fall fans would have said the same thing in 2004 about Mark E Smith I suppose, curmudgeonly trailblazer that he was).