When it comes to new music in 2011, there can be few people who've unearthed as much unheralded talent than Former Ghosts' mainman Freddy Ruppert.
Ironically though, that's an accolade he must be unaware of earning - because when he and his buddies visited the UK earlier this year, their tour inadvertently acted as a stage for two of the brightest new acts in the country. One of them, Fear Of Men, are today's tip.
The Manchester leg of that Former Ghosts tour could well've been transplanted to Shoreditch, in fact, as The Ruby Lounge teemed with record label A&R desperate to catch Christian AIDS' first ever performance. But any of them slightly more on the ball could’ve always made the much shorter trip down to Brighton a few days earlier, where an entirely different prospect stepped out of the internet shadows to play the corresponding support slot.
Fear Of Men had bloggers breathless before they even took to the stage, with their tracks having been hyped almost from the moment they were uploaded. Drawing favourable comparisons to Veronica Falls, they stumbled through the best bits of Belle & Sebastian-tinged indie pop and shoegaze with enough charm to convince the fantastically influential Sex Is Disgusting to put them all out on tape. The 50 copies of their 'Hannah Scygulla Demos' naturally sold out before they even hit the shelves.
Made up of the classic two boy/two girl formula, they split their time between London and Brighton, making a much hyped appearance at the latter's Great Escape festival last month. The first proper single is due out in August through Italian Beach Babes (along with Suffering Jukebox, another label run by one of the guys from Mazes). But in the meantime they’ve been busy re-imagining The Chills’ 'Pink Frost' for the next Comfortable On A Tightrope compilation tape, which they’ve been nice enough to let us give away for free.
Fear Of Men - Pink Frost
Also check out 'Phantom Limb' by them while you're at it:
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