Gratuitously wordy percussionist Olly Forrester from intellipoppers, Is I Cinema, gives his two pence worth in The Blue Whale Blog’s attempt at creating a people’s choice of the top ten bands from Birmingham since the dawn of the Millenium.
10. Scarlet Harlots
Effectively a reappraisal of Signing Off. And a much needed one.
T4 tripe aside, immaculate songsmithery & musicianship. See ‘Shipwrecked’ for starters.
Perhaps the only band mentioned to have courted Capsule and deservedly so.
‘An embarrassingly long list of influences.’ Birmingham’s finest lyric of the noughties?
How Joy Div-inspired post punk should be served.
Grossly underrated and undiscovered. Costello brunching with The Polecats. ‘I Heart Birmingham’ is exemplary.
3. The Twang
Loathe them all you like but back in the early noughties, when Twang were more Never Mind The Bollocks than balladeering baggy, Etheridge’s quack was as refreshing as it was menacing.
Painstakingly beautiful. Long may they remain Brum’s best kept secret. ‘Voice On A Line’ and more recently ‘Bonfires’ would slap Pitchfork for six.
1. 35 Seconds
A drummer’s choice of course but ‘Grudge Match’ is, as Mr Roberts himself once pointed out to me late one night in a Moseley juicer, Birmingham’s greatest ever unsigned song. Last seen in The Flapper precisely a year ago…
And not a brash bang or over-egged sunset in sight…