No this is not the Hoxton Scouting Troupe on a Sunday excursion to camp Baden Powell. This is Jakobinarina.
It grieves me to have to welcome them into the ‘from the Archives’ section so quickly but Jakobinarina, purveyors of sensational impish pop mastery disbanded in March 2008. Jakobinarina were more underrated than firing arrows in people’s eyes was before the battle of Hastings. But as is sometimes the way, their planets simply failed to collide at the same time. The band (all aged 16-20) were extremely hyped- ‘demented electro pop delivered by a robot from 1991…pretty essential’ (NME)…’the band that threatens to beat the Brits at their own game’ (i-D) (listen up, Doherty) – lyrically succinct and witty, musically brash and delicious and an entertaining bunch of chaps to boot. Indeed when the band signed to Chrysalis the lead singer, Gunnar, appeared in our office dressed in a sailor suit wearing a motorcycle helmet. Before he answered any questions he would lift his visor, and then would lower it on making his point. Quite frankly there just aren’t enough sailor suit wearing, visor lifting, ‘coca cola club band’ name changeing, Icelandic punk imps in the world. And now Jakobinarina is gone. But NOT FORGOTTEN. (how did this not take off? I really don’t understand)
The Sunday before last The Clientele supported Fleet Foxes on their first show at the Roundhouse. Robin Pecknold claimed them as one of his all time favourite groups (‘I spent about a year in a cloud of smoke listening to them exclusively..’). Curious that some of the Chalk Farm audience should be introduced to a homegrown band by a Seattle resident. But then, of course, the Clientele are one of those strange fish that have swum acknowledged in American waters whilst making far smaller ripples about their native land. Water aside, the delicate, delicious, reverb-rich magnificence of the Clientele is so unbelievably worthy of attention that it seems extraordinary that they aren’t better known in the UK. Call it a one man quest, call it favouritism, call it what you will.. the Clientele is always on our stereo because it is wonderful.
Must listens include:
- ‘An Hour Before the Light’ (‘Suburban Light’)
- ‘Reflections after Jane’ (‘Suburban Light’) (See below)
- ‘When You and I were Young (‘The Violet Hour’)
- ‘Step Into the Light’ (‘Strange Geometry’)
- ‘We Could Walk Together’ (Suburban Light) (See below)
- ‘Since K Got Over Me’ (‘Strange Geometry’)