As a big gale called Abigail continues to batter Scotland on a level the Tories can only aspire to why not put on extra socks, get the mulled wine on the go and snuggle down with a couple of wonderfully warming EPs.
The Van T’s grungy surf stylings blend urgent energy with the sweetest twin vocal salvo of Hannah and Chloe to bring you a four-track EP that leaves you wanting more and wanting it NOW. *gets to the end and presses play again*
Doffing their musical cap to the Pixies and the Dum Dum Girls, amongst others, the Laguna Babe EP, released on the Bloc+Music label, is available as a download only EP, in a Robin Eisenberg-designed lancing pack CD for a few shillings more and, if you’re quick, you can get one of the very limited purple cassettes at the launch gig.
Talking of which…in the company of United Fruit and Martha Ffion you can see The Van T’s unveil their new EP officially at the Hug and Pint in Glasgow tomorrow night (Saturday 14th November). They will also take money off your hands in exchange for tote bags and t-shirts. A sound investment, I know you’ll agree.
Meanwhile, from the great North, comes news of an EP by the snappy title of…*takes deep breath*…*I’ve been practicing this*…Possessed by the Gods of Cowbell Oblongata by the equally wonderful mouthful The Ramisco Maki Maki Rocking Horse.
Released on Planet Groucho today, the eclectic indie folktronica (doesn’t really do it justice) of lead track And We Will Dance will hold hands with Holy Barnacles as a limited clear vinyl 7″ single while digital lovers will be able to get all four tunes as a ridiculously cheap download/MP3 (50p, get lots of chips with that), a CD, cassette and, cue fanfare, a limited edition MiniDisc (I didn’t know they still made them) including the other two tunes For A While, At Least and The Four Five Six.
For a flavour of what the RMMRH are all about you can do a lot worse than join them on a two-hour journey through the life of the band courtesy of a mighty fine musical audio biography (“Hoofography”) via Mixcloud.