Glass Candy are coming to NZ!! They are one of my favourite bands, and one which I thought would NEVER come here. They are playing with CSS so no doubt it’ll be an unfortunately packed event…oh well… There are two gigs: 25th & 26th March at the Kings Arms, tix going on sale at the end of the month.
Glass Candy’s sound has changed quite a bit over the years, and I have to admit to preferring their older stuff like off their “Love Love Love” release, but possibly I will grow to love their latest sound just as much (often things take a while to get under my skin). Now, they kind of remind me of a (way more interesting) Goldfrapp, but there is still something to be said for going to see a band which at one point made a big impact on you, even if they sound a bit different today.
Glass Candy are from Portland (home of many awesome things), and is fronted by Ida No. They originally released two singles on K Records, and in 2003 released their first full length album, “Love Love Love” through Troubleman Unlimited (who have also put out releases by Les Georges Leningrad, Die Monitr Batss, Tracey and the Plastics, King Cobra and Erase Errata) followed by “Life After Sundown”, and “Iko”. Their latest album is 2007’s “Beatbox”, put out by Italians Do It Better, and I guess this is the album they will be mostly peforming songs from at the Auckland gig.
Previously known as Glass Candy and the Shattered Theatre, they have had a few members come and go, leaving Ida No and Johnny Jewel as the latest line up. They’ve been variously described as no wave, glam, punks with synths, neo disco and more, so basically I guess, are a band that is quite hard to pin down! I can’t wait to see what they are like live.
Here’s a video of them in 2002:
Glass Candy – Love Love Love
And here’s a video from their 2007 release “Beatbox” (featuring a movie star no less)
Here’s the playlist for last Friday’s show on Fleet Fm . The first hour was me, the second hour was Kat. And if you want to listen to some of it (we didn’t manage to catch it all), scroll down a couple of entries and Katie has put a link to it!
“Isle of” is Jenny Hoyston’s – lead singer of Erase Errata – newest album, the first she’s put out under her own name (having previously dubbed her solo efforts Paradise Island).
I enjoyed listening to her Paradise Island stuff, to say it was Erase Errata distilled is not really true, the music is very different but her voice is so distinctive it’s hard not to think of her solo projects as a continuation or close off shoot of her band. Put it this way, fans of EE won’t be disppointed by her solo stuff, though they probably have to slow down a bit…
“Isle of” is Jenny’s second full length solo album, “Lines are Infintely Fine” being the first. One of the things I love about this album and about most of her other music is that the songs are so short. I am a great believer in songs being short and punchy, as generally my mind starts to wander the more meandering a song becomes. There is no meandering in “Isle of”. Each song is a perfectly crafted, deceptively simple thing, and do not run into each other so you become confused about which tracks are what. So yeah, she’s a singer songwriter, and this album is very folky in places, but it keeps the punk brevity, and the EE razor sharp edge which gets the point of each song across without an excess of crap….
This album is multi-genered, ranging from Holly Golightly-sounding country, to dark and menacing (yet minimal) electro, experimental indie guitar, intimate folk-ey songs and rock ‘n’ roll, her vocals changing to suit the mood and yet always forthright and never dithering, her lyrics economical to suit the structure of her songs.
This album seems to have had a pretty good reception so far, and while it doesn’t get my blood pumping like her Erase Errata stuff, I can tell it’s an album I’ll listen to over and over for a while, each time discovering new things in it.
Jenny Hoyston is one of those musicians who are interesting in their own right due to the projects they are involved with and the musicians they are aligned with (such as her collaboration with Kim Gordon as the band “Anxious Rats”). She is a zine maker, her zine is called “Don’t Worry” and features writers such as Michelle Tea, and with Erase Errata was set to perform at a Gay Shame event, which takes an anti-capitalist, more anarchist approach to queer rights (they didn’t actually get to play due to equipment troubles). And it was hard to take your eyes off her peformance in Auckland 06 with EE, the whole band just a tight, forceful shock to the system. It seems pretty much any project Jenny is involved with is bound to be interesting and bound to be challenging.
Listen to Fleet FM 88.3 (or online at www.fleetfm.co.nz) on Friday 11th Jan 11am-1pm, I’ll be playing a couple of tracks from her new album.
Ok, a band that I’m obsessed with at the moment, but am too broke to buy the 7“s right now, and therefore have heard the same myspace songs over and over is…The New Bloods www.myspace.com/the newbloods...who are (in my mind anyway) a kind of Raincoats-esque band, comprised of mostly women of colour (a term which I hate – being “one” myself, but unfortunately have not come up with a universally understood term that isn’t that… yet).
Anyway, part of what drew my interest in the first place is the fact that it’s an indie/riotgrrrl/postpunkesque band featuring non-white women, and I’m not ashamed to say it! Our entire lives revolve around white women singing about “our “ experiences, and while I totally love S-K, Raincoats, Bikini Kill, Malaria!, Frumpies, Hole…and whoever else, when there is a woman or women who are NOT white in a band playing that kind of music, I will ALWAYS be more interested, even if they’re not singing about that particular experience, but just for the sake of seeing yourself (even at the superficial level of skin colour) represented. I think that’s important and underrated. I don’t think “women” have the same, universal experiences, or “queer women” or “women of colour” for that matter, but I think if you ARE a “woman of colour” (urgh) it actually makes a difference seeing a non-white woman onstage playing punk etc, cos you can more easily imagine yourself in her place, than you can, say, watching Corin Tucker or Kaia Wilson etc (and this is just an assumption on my part based on my uninformed superficial judgement of their skin colour that they are not non-white – very very problematic in itself, but maybe we’ll talk about that later).
Anyway, I have totally diverged on a tangent which doesn’t actually necessarily have a whole lot to do with my loving the New Bloods…but now I’ve kinda run out of steam, so you should probably just check out their myspace and see for yourself. I feel excited by this band, they are reinventing music many of us have liked for years, but which was mainly done by now-defunct bands, and have made that music current and relevant for today. I WISH I could see them play…and I almost know for certain, given that we live at the “bottom of the world” that I won’t….in that case I’ll have to scrape up some pennies and buy all their releases!
If you know of other punk/riot grrrl bands featuring “women of colour” (fuck, can we PLEASE come up with a different term? It makes me think of colouring in books, where if you’re a little brown girl you might pick up the brown felt pen and colour Barbie in a different colour to the recommended “flesh tone” or whatever), anyway, if you know of more bands, email or comment here and tell us!!! We are highly interested!
X-Ray Spex – Identity