Once in a while, a band appears that you just have to sit up and pay attention to. Because they seem quite insane. Nottingham's Late Of The Pier make eccentric music which is akin to Daft Punk and The Flaming Lips sitting together and watching the Sci-Fi channel in a mental asylum.
First came across these young lads at a Transparent [link] night on a stellar bill headlined by Les Incompétents. Very entertaining. The synth (or whatever it is) player was amazingly funny with his onstage dance moves, worth seeing this band for that alone. But the music stands up too, so much so that Diesel U-Music - famed for its unsigned awards, propelling the likes of Tom Vek and We Are Scientists into the mainstream - invited the band to play on their Finalists Tour in July.
'Very Wav Wet Wipes' starts off surprisingly calmly yet considerably trippy before evolving into a bit of a floorfiller. Out of nowhere comes a hip hop stylee breakdown and in turn, the tempo is brought down and eventually ends up sounding like a bit of an electro Strokes. No bad thing in my book. 'Broken' is more of a straight forward dancey number but has a bit of a haunting ending. Late Of The Pier's music is quite schizophrenic really but the idea of not knowing what will come next adds to the intrigue. Not to mention I have no clue what they're on about lyrically.
Late Of The Pier - Very Wav Wet Wipes
Late Of The Pier - Broken
Late Of The Pier play a handful of dates over the next few weeks, including tonight at the legendary Way Out West clubnight. See their MySpace for dates and other downloads [link].