Wednesday, April 13, 2005Just Dance Me In
Not so long ago I wrote about a fantastically fresh and exciting band that shared their name with an Australian soap opera. I had seen them live for the first time and was hugely impressed. Since then I have seen them a further five times and have fallen five times more in love. Ladies and Gentleman, I re-introduce Sons and Daughters. Since the last time we conversed on this hot topic, Sons and Daughters have been locked in a studio in Germany finishing off their forthcoming album, The Repulsion Box, playing a few one-off shows, and are now on tour with fellow Scottish folkinpsiredindiepopsters, Idlewild.
And trust Abstractboy on this one - the new album will be amazing. The new songs have a fuller, more confident sound, and the energy is right off the mark. While Love the Cup is great, most of it does not do justice to the fire that is so central to their live show, the onstage chemistry between Scott and Adele, and the powerhouse rhythms belted out from David's drums. But with all these brilliances accounted for, the Repulsion Box should take off where the latter left. The new single, Dance Me In, is the perfect taster for what is to come. Sultry, full of zest, with the irresistable folk twangs that characterise their sound. But this sounds like more of a pagan spell than a hippydrippy gathering round a campfire (or whatever else folksters do). The video (fast/ slow connection) gives you an idea of what to expect from the live show. Comparisons between Adele and a banshee are frequent (and meant in a good way), and the dark enchantment of her presence is captured well in the video.
Other stand-out songs so far include album opener, Medicine, which combines that perfectpop Blondie sound with a sexy flamenco feel, and Taste The Last Girl has a great rhythm and a chorus that will drive fear through any man who ever even thought about loving someone else but Adele Bethel. Every song makes me want to pick up a tambourine and scream along at the top of my voice in my most grizzly Glaswegian accent, glaring straight into the eyes of anyone who dared look my way. Whether Sons and Daughters break into the mainstream or not depends very much on this album and this summer. If enough people here Dance Me In and their curiosity takes them to a festival set or one of their upcoming gigs, then it really could happen for them. And they deserve it.
Dance Me In is released on 23rd May on CD and 2 x 7". The Repulsion Box follows on 6th June. There is an extensive UK tour throughout June. Take a chance and dance me in.