Thesaurus Club is kind of a mystery, and all The Islander knows about them is that they are British and joined myspace in late 2006. Despite the fact that there is a disappointing shortage of facts about the group, their music is still really able to connect with. Their harmonies are complex, but not convoluted. Everything about Thesaurus Club’s sound is very natural, nothing about their music sounds at all forced. “today tomorrow wednesday” is a really calm song that’s sort of, just, I guess, charming.
Traps, Ps are currently in their second incarnation. Initially the band was Andrew (guitar/vox), Debbie (bass), Mark (percussion), and Mike (drums), and currently their line-up is Andrew (guitar/vox), Miles of Moses Campbell (drums), and Danny of Rare Grooves (bass). The Islander has only seen the current band preform, but really enjoyed it. The show was well, danceable, which is sometimes the best quality a show can have. Everyone in the audience was having a good time, and it was clear that the band was having fun as well. Their sound makes The Islander feel like he is listening to Television covering Gang of Four, which is much weird in concept than it is in reality. On the track “Prove It To You” the band displays ridiculous amounts of potential. The song starts with drums, and then vocals and a bass part come in. In the last twenty seconds in when the song really picks up and the whole band comes in. This song was written and recorded by the former line-up and while it is quite fun, the newer material was a bit more developed and even more enjoyable. If one has a chance to see them, it is absolutely worth it.
The Rare Grooves (family band) emerged out of the ashes of the recently broken up Widow Babies. Former Widow Babies, Tabor (Drums and Vocals) and Danny (Guitar and Vocals), were joined by Chris (Bass) and are performing nonstop. The Islander was introduced to the band when The Islander saw them perform at the Smell along with Signals and Heller Keller. While hanging in the ally before the show, the Islander spoke to many of The Islander’s friends, and many of them expressed that they were each respectively entangled in a love affair with this band. Obviously anticipation built up, and when it was time for the Rare Grooves set, ass was kicked. Their show was, a bundle of fun. Danny’s exclusive use of finger picking and Chris’s flowing basslines give the band a very distant “islandy” sound, and Tabor’s simple yet sturdy beats gives the band a refreshingly un-muddled sound. No Garden starts out with a twangy guitar motif and builds from there. In conclusion, The Islander is stoked on Rare Grooves.
Los Angeles’s FYF (FUCK YEAH FEST), was fantastic this year. The Islander got the opportunity to Interview both Wavves and Best Coast (first joint interview ever), along with many other artists. So here it is, the only interview Nathan Williams agreed to do at FYF..
Wavves and Best Coast Interview with Nathan Williams (Vocalist and Guitarist of Wavves) and Bethany Cosentino (Vocalist and Guitarist of Best Coast).
Wavves and Best Coast Audio Interview
Islander: First of all, what was your perception of the way that the show went today?
Nathan Williams: It was fun, I had a lot of fun, yeah. There was a dust storm –
Islander: There was.
Nathan: – and the instruments didn’t work but, uh, it was fun, I had a good time.
Islander: How was the production on this album different and how did you feel about sort of going to a legitimate studio, as opposed to Garageband?
Nathan: It was really… it was a lot different, obviously, cause you’re in a studio.
Nathan: Uhh… yeah I don’t know, the biggest difference is probably that there is an engineer and the production manager there, and uh, it took a lot longer to do.
Islander: Which did you like better?
Nathan: I don’t think I liked either better, they were both really fun.
Islander: What have your favorite moments been of today that wasn’t your set?
Nathan: My favorite moments of today?
Nathan: Uh… It was fun watching Best Coast play.
Islander: Best Coast: How do you think your set went?
Bethany Cosentino: It was fun. It was very fun. A kid punched a security guard in the face while we were playing. He got arrested!