Monday, August 21, 2006

Charlie Don't Surf...

Catchy Lo-fi for happy Summer days..

Charlie, Don't Surf- Minor Changes- Live in Aalborg
It's not often that I actually bother to add band requests on my personal Myspace page- mainly becuse they tend to be absolutely shocking, and I want to pick up my laptop and throw it across the room when they turn out to be a thrash-acoustic-blood mongering-death metal band from Latvia, or, worse still, a guy with a bleepy laptop and a acoustic guitar from Slough. Eek.
I promise there's a point to this rant... You see, Charlie, Don't Surf are one of the few bands that I have added, and one of the few that has actually invoked a swarm of butterflies in my stomach...
In the balmy Summers before Pavement split (after changing the world forever), before Stephen Malkmus decided to sound like Phil Collins (Ok, that was once, at a festival, and all is forgiven now..) and the lo-fi kings and queens decided that they all wanted to do a Daniel Johnston and hide, there used to be some fun in lo-fi (I guess it'd be kinda like high-fi lo-fi...but that would sound stupid)... Charlie, Don't Surf are on a mission to inject the funny instruments, screams and dancability (I know that's not a word- note to self: if it ever appears in the dictionary, lay a claim to the first coinage) back into the scene at their "notorious" (!) live shows, so they may well just be worth a look if they're ever playing near you... They've already appeared on Liga (music show on Danish TV)- an amazing feat for an unsigned band still in their teens.
It's one of those cases where I feel like starting my own label just to release something by them (and I would, if I wasn't so broke)... There's an EP (Couldn't work out if it's been released) that you have to get hold of if only for the name- "How Turkey Turned Into Being A Monster". Genius. I think that says it all..It's probably best, though to leave the last word to the band themselves:

"...Charlie, Don't Surf are Rasmus Hvass Hedeman, Jonas Andersen, Mikkel
Malmberg and Mads B√łgh, a Danish quartet who, bound by a mutual disenchantment with the state of music, have begun building a brand-new Lo-Fi-Indierock sound for the rest of the world..."

A mission statement if I ever heard one.. Charlie, Don't surf, then - a Pavement for the new generation...
MP3s
Here's their Myspace and website
Update: Does anyone know how to sprt this so that non- English characters show?

5 comments:

Jake said...

fun :)

Anonymous said...

Personally, I thought there was a touch of the happy Conor Obersts in there... you know, the kind when he isn't bemoaning it all...

Tinkerbell said...

Avctually, now you've said that, I've noticed a somewhat Park Ave (pre-Tilly and The Wall and Bright Eyes band featuring Connor Oberst, and a few of Tilly...) vibe although they didn't have a drummer....

So it's Bright Eyes meets Pavement on a dark night at a drunken summer beach party.

Nice.

Anonymous said...

I was trying to figure out how to describe them for my blog and I didn't even think to parallel them with Pavement or Stephen Malkmus, however, the more I listen, the more I understand the comparison.

Happier, boppier Grave Architecturalsim?

I hope they get put onto a label at some point. These guys are great and I think they'd do really well. (:

Tinkerbell said...

Hey,

Always good to hear from the good guys..

Let me know where your blog is... the guys always like to hear from people who've blogged them (they're on Myspace somewhere):)