Tuesday, 11 November 2008
I've been waiting for an excuse to write something about Free Blood for this mess of a blog since it started. Now appearing on the horizon like some great shiny round thing is a new CD compiling their tracks avec remixes, 'The Singles'.
Free Blood is the side project turned full-time project of ex-!!! drummer/vocalist John Pugh and fashion designer Madeline Davy. They're the leaders of a bunch of bands which New York labels, DFA and Rong Music, have coined 'Notwave'. Not No Wave, definitely not Now Wave, but Notwave, right? Basically an updated dancefloor take on the No Wave scene of the late 70s/early 80s (James Chance, Lydia Lunch and all that). This collection shows Pugh has moved away from the sometime space jam self indulgence of !!! toward, what he aptly describes as, “really mean pop songs”.
'The Singles' is available for download here and will likely end up in the real world in Piccadilly Records some time soon. Seek it out.
Free Blood - 'Grumpy'.mp3
Oh, and they've only gone and rehashed a track by our favourite Brooklyn androgens (yes we have a list), Telepathe, too. See...
Telepathe - 'Bells (Free Blood Remix)'.mp3