No, sadly the long-awaited British Theatre debut album wasn’t released in 2013. But to see Mike Vennart and Richard „Gambler“ nearly exactly three years after their last visit in Austria (back then they did an awesome and really memorable concert in the final days of the legendary Oceansize under kinda bizarre circumstances in Afflenz) backing Biffy Clyro on stage recalls what magnificent jobs they already did with their ‚EP‚ and ‚Dyed in the Wool Ghost‚ last year. So to bridge the hard waiting time unto we’ll (hopefully!) hear the highly anticipated first full length from the duo in 2014, here’s what they two recommend this year:
Michael J. Vennart:
I get a lot of shit for liking this, but i never paid TNP any attention previously. This is a beautiful, dissonant and understated collection of pieces showcasing mainly woodwind, brass and piano. It depresses my wife.
I can’t say if this is their best record, as they’re never anything less than brilliant. Always heavy and hilarious, this might be their most human effort. ‘French Lessons’ is disarmingly heart wrenching.
I’m still coming to terms with the fact that i enjoy listening to this record, given that it’s essentially an 80s pop album. The 12 year old in me is calling me a dick. Still, these are absolutely incredible tunes. Being a former tour buddy probably swings the bias – we used to play with Iain in his former life as a member of the excellent Aereogramme.
Bowie thoughtfully released this record just a few months after i discovered that i loved his work. ‘Hunky Dory’ and ‘Scary Monsters’ sealed the deal, then this came along. I was kinda looking forward to a bunch of slow, weepy songs like ‘Where Are We Now?’ so it took a while to ingest the overall stomping vibe of the record as a whole. It rocks.
A fucking shitkicker. I don’t listen to metal a whole lot anymore, but this isn’t a regular metal record. It’s heavy and complex but with a real playfulness to it that a lot of metal artists could never pull off. It’s also completely tuneless. Amazing.
Richard A. Ingram:
An amazingly textured piece of work, it’s the kind of album that throws up different aural surprises with every listen. Standout track ‘Without You’ is probably my song of the year.
Fuck Buttons continue to amaze with another onslaught of neo tribal death rave. Smothering everything in the warm glow of distortion just seems to work. Two guys with tiny keyboards shouldn’t sound this huge.
Moderat are Modeselektor and Apparat. Moderat make electronic music. ‘Electronic?’, you mean, like, dance music? But dance music is shit right? Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong. Amazing.
Thanks again to Mike Vennart and Richard Ingram for joining the Heavypop advent calender 2013!