By Jon Milton
Ever been in love with a horse? Introducing Gag Salon: the surviving members of a function band (Palm Honey) gone up in flames, whose exciting debut single ‘Horses’ reprises that bizarre musical fascination with everything that the Byrds first explored on ‘Chestnut Mare’. Musically ‘Horses’ owes more to Beefheart and LCD Sound System, kicking off with a wonky riff then galloping (sorry, had to) discordantly along with its tale of romance and status seeking.
Photo: Rosie Alice Wilson
2021 saw the band cause commotion across London and beyond with their unpredictably kinetic live shows, performing alongside The Cool Greenhouse, Blue Bendy and Hallan, 2022 should see them pick up more admirers if this single is anything to go by. The band consists of Joseph Mumford- vocals/guitar; Tom Dimmock- guitar/keys; Seb Bowden – bass; and Ayden Spiller- drums.
Horses is out now on Blitzcat Records
By Jon Milton
Just over a year ago, TV Priest released their snarling debut album ‘Uppers’. Uppers combined scathing polemic, jagged guitar and motorik beats to firmly announce the bands presence as one of the most exciting new artists to emerge post lockdown. In amongst the anger, songs like ‘Saintless’ showed a greater depth to the bands sound, a side that the band continue to explore on their new single ‘One Easy Thing’.
One Easy Thing further ushers in a new direction for the band, showing they are smart enough to realise that simply replicating ‘Uppers’ for their new material would quickly curtail their shelf life. The song will appear on the band’s second album, due out on Sup Pop later this year. Lead singer Charlie says of the track:
"Writing ‘One Easy Thing’ was key to unlocking a more direct and personal approach to our songwriting. It’s about dealing with the small things of everyday life; the anxiety, pressures, and battles inside your own headspace - and not being afraid to show this in our songs.”.
Photo by Hollie Fernando
The official video has Charlie playing a beleaguered 15th century knight on his return home from battle, and sees the band working again with Joe Wheatley, who shot ‘Decoration’ and ‘Press Gang’. Think ‘Safety Dance’ in a castle shot in 16mm black and white stock...!
One Easy Thing is out now on Sup Pop Records
By Jon Milton
If you cast your mind back to 2017 you may well remember an incredibly promising young band called the Dead Pretties, who had that massive tune 'Confidence' and a couple of other great singles too. The band's enigmatic front man Jacob Slater has kept a pretty low profile since then, but that looks set to change now he's re-emerged with a new venture, Wunderhorse.
Wunderhorse in fact released their first singles 'Teal' and 'Poppy' late last year, but have only just come under our radar with their new single '17' out this week. Written at the age of seventeen, Jacob explains. 'I remember coming back from a party and feeling a bit shit and the song just kind of fell out. It's the oldest song I still play live and so I thought it deserved to get out there’.
Anyway 17 (and the previous two singles) are top quality, so if you're late to the party as I am make sure you check them out. Don't be expecting a rehash of the Dead Pretties though, the songwriting here has clearly matured significantly and lost a lot of raw edges on the way. 'The War on Drugs meets Jeff Buckley with a little of that tightly coiled Thamesbeat energy' is how the press release has it which sounds about right.
Wunderhorse headlines The Lexington in London on Thursday 10th March. Tickets available here via Dice.fm.