When the musical history of these troubled times is written, it is diligent little iconoclasts like [B]The Monsoon Bassoon [/B]who'll be the heroes of the age.

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You can find little victories in the strangest places. Wilting under the spotlights, here’s The Monsoon Bassoon: they’ve got a monumentally stupid name, a totally bizarre idea of what constitutes pop music and they’re so besotted with their sonic vision that they’re managing to plough their idiosyncratic furrow with no support from the music industry. They put out their own records, promote their own shows and slowly but surely they’re crawling their way up the pop ladder to something approaching infamy.

More importantly, they are still as impossible to categorise as they were when they released their awesome debut single, ‘Wise Guy’, last year. Their hyper-melodic, constantly shifting assault and battery on rock’n’roll makes them one of a select band of truly original guitar bands that have emerged in the last few years. The chattering vocal interplay between guitarist Kavus Torabi and occasional clarinettist Sarah Measures always seems to be teetering on the verge of chaos, but as forthcoming space-punk opus ‘The King Of Evil’ shows, they’re well on their way to being frighteningly competent.

When the musical history of these troubled times is written, it is diligent little iconoclasts like The Monsoon Bassoon who’ll be the heroes of the age. The rock world we knew may be crumbling before our eyes, but here’s another sig