This Et Al "The Figure Eight" 10"Posted on Wednesday, June 11th, 2008 @ 6:58am » permalink
The latest from absolutely fucking incredible UK outfit This Et Al is "The Figure Eight" EP, recently released by On the Bone Records, and I have to say that I dig this band so damn much that I bought this shit off iTunes the very morning it was released. They're just that good. Outside my normal listening realm, yeah, but without a doubt one of the best bands (if not the best) I've discovered in the last few years. On MySpace they deem it "Rock/Shoegaze/Indie" and list amongst their influences My Bloody Valentine, Radiohead, The Smiths, and Interpol – to name but a few – and I'll let that suggest what they may or may not sound like, as I still don't really know what the hell I'd call it. All those sorts of influences are definitely swirling around in there, but at the end of the day all I care about is the songs, and I'm consistently blown away by just how many completely awesome songs this band has written to date. Dark, melodic, catchy, atmospheric, moving, on occasion loosely experimental… they do it all, and they do it fucking brilliantly. I know I've turned several people onto this band and I hope I continue to do so for as long as they continue making music… and I hope that's for quite some time to come. I know this isn't really a "review", but I don't give a shit. Just check these guys out, and if you like what you hear, check out everything they've done. Everything.