Today on the tube back from the ICA my housemate Adam and I were discussing music (what a surprise!). Adam thinks there are no visceral or passionate bands from England and that British bands are unoriginal and mediocre. While I do agree that Britain is plagued with an awful lot of landfill, generic ho hum-esque bands, I disagree. I think there are alot of musicians around these parts who really care about music and who are talented, far from mediocre, and shouldn’t be so easily disregarded:
I think my friend Alessi is visceral, passionate and the exact opposite of mediocre, she is amazing. Her album is brilliant and I listen to it every day. Dancing Feet isn’t on the album but Alessi plays it live quite alot and I think it’s such a sweet, emotive song. It’s one of my favourites of late. I think anyone trying to convince me that Alessi isn’t amazing would have better luck trying to convince me to NEVER listen to My Heart by Wildbirds & Peacedrums again. In other words: no chance at all.
Also, I don’t understand why people say ‘there’s not as much great music from Britain as there is from the USA or Canada’. That is true, but it seems to be forgotten that the USA is about 40 times bigger than the UK (in terms of square miles). And, as for Sweden, they just have a freakishly talented amount of people in a small place. Yay for Sweden.
I am going to make a list called ‘Hooray for Britain’ at the weekend and do a feature about some British musicians who I think are great. I am open to recommendations too, so send me a mail if you have some hot tipz.