While Late Of The Pier are a well trodden path here on Keep Hope Inside (my first post on them was in September 2006 [read here] - the first mp3 blog on their case), I haven't mentioned Neon Plastix. But just a quick word about Late Of The Pier, having their album produced by Erol Alkan has benefited them in one sense (his name attracts attention, much like Paul Epworth did a couple of years ago) but now some are attributing the LOTP sound to Mr Alkan. Going back to the demos from 2006, I think we can safely say that isn't the case.
Neon Plastix suffer no such worries but they do bear an obvious comparison to Late Of The Pier. Admittedly that could be preceded by "poor man's", possibly unfairly. I'd prefer to compare them to The Blood Arm but more electro-fied.
They've been outrageously awesome and made quite a few of their tracks available for download (albeit some in .m4a) on their MySpace. Of those, I'm particularly enthralled by 'Indecisions', which is when stadium rock fathered a child by electro. It sounds a bit like The Killers or more closely, the hotly tipped White Lies (who are appearing on Later With Jools next week apparently. [KHI interview here]). But with spazzy special effects. As for Patrick's remix of 'Space & The Woods', it's a grungey take on europop. Not half bad.
The Late Of The Pier single is out next week, preorder from their own Zarcorp site [here]. LOTP (and associates) also run their own blog of the same name, [here].