I don’t know why I took so long to give these guys a listen. I’d been hearing the name here and there and never stopped to look. So I looked recently.
Ever had a band that made you stop in your tracks? Elbow did that to me in recent weeks. These guys did but not for the same reason.
I thought Talking Heads had reformed. When I heard his voice and the tune I was caught in a time warp. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad thing. Just a wee bit of a surprise from this irish gem of a band.
I expect Bell X1 is quite sick of the comparison. I wouldn’t blame them. They bring something new to the table but it has its roots in my 80s roots. the music is forward, not retro.
Give The Great Defector a listen. There’s great literary references as well as some strange and interesting lyrics overall. You can find the music on Youtube easily enough. Give Bell X1 a few minutes of your time. You won’t be sorry!