"We had a bit of a summer drought of exciting musical newcomers since I last put fingers to keyboard, but luckily, this fall was a great one for new musical discoveries. Let’s start first with America’s neighbours to the north, Canada. I checked out Montreal’s Essaie Pas during Saturday afternoon of the annual M For Montreal festival. Google tells me their name is French for “don’t try”, which totally fits their effortlessly cool analogue-industrial rhythms, drawling western guitar lines, and spoken boy/girl vocal interplay.
In the inchoate days of pop, it wasn’t just assumed English would become the rock ‘n’ roll lingua franca. Therefore it wasn’t unheard of for British bands to learn the words to their own songs in French or German or Italian in order to ingratiate themselves with fans from another market, naturally at the encouragement of their record companies. In those days you couldn’t just type your lyrics into Google Translate and voila!
You'll probably recognise Crushed Beaks if you've kept a keen eye on the UK's vibrant new music underground over the past few years. They've been making the kind of garage-pop thrills that should really have seen them lauded by a lot more people than they were. Not that that's made any difference to the trio, who've quietly kept working hard and have come up with the goods on their debut album 'Scatter', released on February 9 on their own label Matilda Recordings. You can read more about that in this week's issue, but for now watch the mind-bending new video for single 'Overgrown'.
Any big screen reboot is a tricky business - how do you make something relevant to a modern audience without sacrificing what made it so popular in the first place? Rebooting Ghostbusters is an especially tough task, though, because the original 1984 film (and, to a lesser extent, its 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II) still inspire such affection. Ask "who you gonna call?" and everyone knows exactly which film you're referencing.