Album Review: Art Brut - 'Brilliant! Tragic!'

Art Brut - 'Brilliant! Tragic!'

Once, in a rather brilliant interview, Eddie Argos was questioned as to why he spoke on his records instead of sung and, confused, he replied that he thought he’d been singing all along. Therein lies the charm of Art Brut : their eccentricities...

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Album review: Art Brut

Album review: Art Brut

St Eddie of Argos is often held up as a sort of junior Jarvis. But is he? Jarvis was highly ambitious, positively craven when it came to fame. It’s Jonathan Richman’s framed picture that adorns the hall of Top Of The Pops Towers, Art Brut’s...

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Art Brut

Art Brut

NME once knew a boy who liked watching The Smell Of Reeves And Mortimer while getting ‘intimate’ with his girlfriend, pausing to point out when there was a really good bit coming up. They’ve split up now, but their memory lives on thanks to...

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Art Brut: Academy 3, Manchester, Friday June 15

Art Brut: Academy 3, Manchester, Friday June 15

Eddie Argos and his chirping gang of musical miscreants have long been torch-bearers for awkward outsider pop. They combine a sexually focused form of John Cooper Clarke’s frank ranting performance poetry with an academic chic of tattered ties...

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Art Brut

Art Brut

Given that Art Brut’s first gig saw them writing five songs a mere five minutes before they went onstage, it’s fair to say the Camdenites have come a long way in the four years since their shambolic, very DIY inception. A clutch of Number One...

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Art Brut

Art Brut

Look at them – they formed a band, became a cult, broke the Far East and turned into the band du jour for the bespectacled indie chap with a Hancock’s Half Hour box set under one arm and the collected works of Proust under the other. ‘Direct...

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Art Brut: Atomic Café, Munich, Germany, Thurs September 14

Art Brut: Atomic Café, Munich, Germany, Thurs...

Which band are currently the hottest British act in Germany? Bloc Party? No. Kaiser Chiefs? Nope. The Rakes? Not likely. Instead, Germany’s new favourite group – against all the odds – are New Cross flop’n’roll oddballs Art Brut. Yes,...

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Art Brut : Camden Barfly, Friday November 26

Art Brut : Camden Barfly, Friday November 26

A night in the company of Art Brut is never anything less than eventful. Tonight at the launch of new single ‘Modern Art’, the louche Eddie Argos and his New Cross accomplices are busy extending their franchise: Art Brut 17 are at the bar, Art...

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Art Brut  :  Formed A Band

Art Brut : Formed A Band

In 1976, punk fanzine Sniffin' Glue drew a diagram for its readers. "This is a chord," they revealed. "This is another. Now form a band." To Art Brut , five men from the lawless hinterlands of south London, it must have all looked just a...

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