Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Spotlight Kid

I featured For Those Who Know on here around a month ago and had a few things to say (click here for review) regarding nouveau-shoegaze and the lack of quality interpretation currently being put forth. It's mostly just my hang up where shite male vocals and limp or absent guitars are concerned. The late 80s and early 90s saw two completely different camps when it came to this sound. On one hand, you had a majority of folks that picked up on the related but empty music of Ride or completely non-related mainstream involving bands such as JAMC, Charlatans, etc. The other hand, of course, would consist of the MBV, Swervedriver and, yes I am going to say it, Hüsker Dü and Dinosaur Jr. crowd. If you are (or were) a fan of the genre of which I speak endlessly, you can probably tell by now that today's featured song falls into the latter category of true footwear-fixation. It's one of the best interpretations I've heard lately and deserves repeated listens. Really nice guitar noise here.

Spotlight Kid
is primarily the music project of ex-Six by Seven drummer Chris Davis (vocals/guitar/drums) and Katty Heath (vocals) of the band Bent. They also enlist the guitars of Karl Skivington as well as the assistance of other Six by Seven members and friends for the purpose of recording. I believe the band is from London, UK or at least the surrounding area although it was not mentioned anywhere I could find. The Spotlight Kid website is a work in progress but currently has an interactive retro radio thingy to play with when you visit. I thought it was pretty cool. For the complete info you will need to check out the Spotlight Kid MySpace page for more songs and news. The track you are listening to is from the band's late September 2006 release Departure which is available for £10 through London based Promotion/Label Club AC30. There is also a Club AC30 Myspace to investigate for more good music. Happy Wednesday!! It's almost Turkey Day here in the states and we don't have to go to work.

MP3: Can't Let Go (This Feeling)

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