Wednesday, July 30, 2008

White Lies

Who are they?

Until earlier this month, these three 19/20-year-olds were the UK's hottest unsigned band. Now, following an A&R scrum at their debut gig in February, the west Londoners have signed to Universal's Fiction imprint. "I am over the fucking moon," says Fiction's MD, Jim Chancellor. "I just think they are absolutely brilliant."

He would say that, wouldn't he?

Indeed. But he's not far wrong. White Lies' gloom-pop influences are obvious - the Teardrop Explodes, Echo & the Bunnymen and Joy Division - but it takes some talent to channel them into music as striking, accomplished and downright catchy as this. The leap in quality from the trio's previous band is astonishing.

They were in another band?

Yes, until October last year, they made promising, if unremarkable, Franz Ferdinand-styled pop with cheeky chappy lyrics as Fear of Flying. Then, the very week that Anton Corbijn's Control hit cinemas, they announced on their MySpace page that "Fear of Flying is DEAD ... White Lies is alive!"

What does Control have to do with it?

Well, it seems fair to assume that White Lies enjoyed Corbijn's brooding Ian Curtis biopic. Gone are Fear of Flying's colourful clothes and sunny disposition, replaced by black stage outfits and couplets rhyming "priest" with "deceased". The makeover may seem a touch contrived, but it suits them enormously well. Major league success now beckons.

Where can I hear them?

Their debut single, Unfinished Business, is released in April, with a tour following in May. Until then, two tracks are available at

Tonight @ The Echo
7:30pm / $10 adv, $12 dos / 18+

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Eine Kleine Nacht Musik Out Now

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik News I
Hello and welcome and danke for signing up for the Eine Kleine Nachtmusik mailing list.
The fantastic Eine Kleine Nachtmusik album is out now, as is the La Serenissima 12".

La Serenissima
is a reinterpretation of a classical tune that does not appear on the album, and comes in a splendid gold foiled cover. It's available now from all good vinyl vendors, including Phonica.

The album is 10 tracks of purely blissful floaty wonder. You can pick it up on the below links.

In London this Thursday we will be hosting an extra special launch at the Dazed And Confused Gallery and premiering the short film that accompanies the record, directed and animated by David Bailey Ross. There will also be artwork on display by the eternally cosmic Fergadelic, and photos by the sublime Mel Bles. All the info is below.

Come one, come all, hope to see you there.

Eine Kleine Nacht Musik Launch
Dazed And Confused Gallery | 112-6 Old Street | London |
Artwork By Fergadelic
Film By David Bailey Ross
Photographs by Mel Bles
7 - 9pm
Film Premiere 7.30

Eine Kleine Nacht Musik - La Serenissma

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

PAUL ZONE: The New York Underground Scene
From Glam to Punk 1972-1977
Opening reception Saturday July 12 from 7 to 11 pm
Featuring Guest DJ Kristian Hoffman

More info here

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

La Serenissima

The very first Eine Kleine Nacht Musik release, the beautiful reinterpretation of La Serenissima is available now on lavish gold-foiled 12" vinyl and digitally. La Serenissima sounds like a party in the garden of Eden, a glistening trip of melancholy 4/4, a sumptuously produced classical banger, and is backed by the album track Phantasie, a harder, grinding, autobahn-electro romp.
Buy the single:

Here's a mixtape I found over at Guardian/Music