I haven’t paid much attention to bands coming out of the UK for the past few years but with bands like The Vaccines and Viva Brother starting to make a splash in the U.S., things are looking up for another British Invasion.
Marines are a relatively new band that seems to follow the same path as their fellow countrymen – record and release a few singles, shoot a few videos, get the buzz going before work on a full-length has commenced.
I do believe that I’ve fallen in love with “Tiny Little Tom” and you can hear hints of influences like The Smiths and The Wedding Present in Marines’ decidedly UK-sounding rock.
Not sure when we’ll get a full-length (or even be able to snag Marines tracks off iTunes) so to get your fix, you’ll have to tune into the band’s YouTube channel where they’ve posted a few different songs.
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Who schedules outdoor festivals during the hottest part of the year? The heat was excruciating today at Grant Park where Lollapalooza 2011 kicked off. I guess if there was any sort of relief, it was that clouds blocked some of the sunlight by late afternoon but it still wasn’t much of a reprieve.
If you check out bands that you’re truly interested in seeing, chances are you won’t walk away disappointed and while I’m not a superfan of any of the bands I checked out today, I didn’t stray far from what I knew so therefore I had a great day.
Started off at high noon with Merge Records duo Wye Oak. Poor Jenn Wasner was plagued with guitar pedal problems almost from the get-go and at one point stopped midsong saying, “I can’t do this. I’m sorry.” You had to feel for her as she was playing in front of a large and eager crowd ready to get their Lollapalooza weekend started. Wasner is a completely amazing guitarist and she battled back from the problems early in the set to wow those hanging out at the Sony stage.