Tuesday, 5 March 2013

ATHLETES IN PARIS – SINGLE REVIEW

Athletes In Paris - Borrowed Time

Athletes In Paris – Borrowed Time (The Animal Farm)

Release Date: 11th March

There are few things in music more likely to make me instantly fall for a band than hearing their native accents come through in the vocals. Bands from the North East seem particularly good at this with Maximo Park being favourites of LWM but Athletes In Paris are making a late charge for my affections. This latest single from the Sunderland five-piece is catchy, Indie-poppy stuff that is dripping in personality and reminds me of some of the late 90s Welsh bands that did so well like Super Furry Animals, 60ft Dolls and early Stereophonics. You’ll have to give the song a few listens to get anywhere near understanding the verses but the chorus is catchy, the hooks are infectious and the double drummers give the song a rhythmic quality that is overlooked by so many bands these days. The quirk with ‘Borrowed Time’ is that you could feasibly see this cleaned up, autotuned and given to One Direction to perform and it would be a fine enough tune but all soul, spirit and personality would be lost. Vive le accent and vive le songwriter!


Live Dates:

8th March – Lomax, Liverpool
9th March – The Empire, Middlesborough
10th March – Nancy Bordellos, Newcastle
11th March – Chambers, Tynemouth
13th March – Lucorum Venue, Barnsley
14th March – Mad Hatters, Inverness
19th March – Pivo Pivo, Glasgow
22nd March – The Finsbury, London
23rd March – Plugged Inn, Sunderland
25th March – Cluny, Newcastle (ALBUM LAUNCH)
30th March – The Harlequin, Sheffield

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