Fopp is pleased to announce that Electric Soft Parade will be doing a mini tour of 3 UK Fopp Stores during April. See their live in-store performances in Glasgow (Union Street), Bristol (Horsefair) and Southampton (Marlands)!
Most of us know that Tom and Alex White are from Brighton, that they pretty much put Brighton on the music map and that theyre tireless musicians, intent on breaking musical systems, formulas and public perceptions. Most of us also know that 2002 saw Holes in the Wall (DB Records) released to great critical acclaim. Everyone loved it: the past and the future collided on one record, all the boxes were gloriously ticked, and the accolades (Q best new band award, Mercury Music Prize nomination) came rolling in.
In 2003 the White Brothers released ‘The American Adventure’ (SonyBMG). It was a further slice of futuristic rock, but this time recorded in analogue. It replaced the synthetic pop of its predecessor with the analogue growl of rawer recording techniques. It received further acclaim and again saw them tour extensively in the interim.
Its 2007 and its happening again, the White Brothers are in further ascent, but this time in a different mode and solely on their own terms. Working with friends at Truck Records and fellow colleagues in the US at Better Looking Records, the music is rolling.
From the soft opening tones of No Need to Be Downhearted (Part 1) through the fairy-tale narrative of Woken By A Kiss to the piano rock of Cold World, theres a universe of sound here, all underpinned by the White Brothers endless harmonies and that feeling that their records somehow come from the future, even when theyre paying homage to Americana or French Cinema, as in Come Back Inside.
The unceasing energy of these boys shines through in all their endeavors: both continue to play with Eamon Hamilton and Marc Beatty in funky-punk-disco super group Brakes whilst contributing to a number of other Brighton-based projects, too: Alex recording and playing live with noise-harmonists Actress Hands, Tom providing drums for instrumental hip-hop collective Restlesslist. And now, with a brand new album of their own, they’re at it again, this time as space-age power-balladeers and digital terrorist-rockers. The world is still their oyster.
Come down and see them at a Fopp near you:
Fopp Glasgow, Union Street – Monday 23rd April at 5pm
Fopp Bristol, Horsefair – Saturday 28th April at 4pm
Fopp Southampton, Marlands – Sunday 29th April at 3pm