So there's me an' Mr Snuggles Googling for some ahem, arty pictures of French Poodles when I must have clicked on the wrong link and came up with French Wives instead. They've recently released a debut album recorded at The Castle of Doom studios (worth checking out for any up and coming young band) in Glasgow and if the free download of the track 'Younger' is anything to go by we're going to be hearing much more of this exciting young band
Phwoaaaaarrrrrr Dream of the Inbetween
So my recommendation would be, give yer ears a treat, listen to 'Younger' for free in their online shop (enterprising buggers) or just under this here writing and go dip yer hand in yer hipper, pull out some Beer Tokens and go and purchase this piece of pure gold music! A real steal though is the chance to buy the Album plus the EP 'Feel Safe Small' plus the singles Me vs Me and Halloween for the ridiculously low price of £15.
Here's a list of the band's August gigs
Fri 3rd August - Belladrum Tartan Hearts Festival (Seedlings Stage 18:05)
Wed 8th August - Old Oak, Cork
Fri 10th August - Whelans, Dublin
Sat 11th August - Roisin Dubh, Galway
And if you don't believe me check out this review by The Herald reporter Alan Morrison of the new release.
Dream of the Inbetween
(Electric Honey)Frightened Rabbit laid the groundwork for the blossoming of indie-folk music in Scotland, but it's the bands who followed who stopped the scene from stagnating by branching off in so many different directions.
French Wives' sound is built on more mainstream bones than most, and perhaps that's why they don't quite get the critical kudos of, say, Admiral Fallow or Woodenbox: ultimately, they're more Radio 2 than 6 Music.
Well, snobbery be damned because every one of the 10 songs on this debut album could be a single in its own right. Some already have – Me Vs Me, with its infectious handclap beat; Halloween, with its ambitious strings arrangement. Others have a rockier flavour, where power chords are as significant as Siobhan Anderson's lead fiddle lines, or pay their dues to the likes of Deacon Blue when she provides backing vocals. If we're in namedropping mode, throw in Arcade Fire and Noah And The Whale too, because French Wives' massive tunes are tailor-made to please the crowds. With this album under their belt, expect them to leapfrog from T Break/BBC Introducing levels to the main stages in a single bound.
Well they're just back from touring America (show offs) so I'll be keeping an eye open for some major tourage now they're back in the old country so hopefully you can go check out the new toons live! Later dudes.....