Don’t Ever Die, ‘Cause I Love You Alive

(I annoy myself that I leave these things so long – been meaning to do this for ages…)

A good while ago I got one of those occasional (but welcome) emails, from a band offering me a copy of their CD in return for a bit of a plug. As you know, I lap this sort of thing up and bask in the light being a real Blogger for a while. I may have over-basked, shall we say…

Gintis are another band in this current wave of top Welsh acts who I actually featured way back when PP was still in short pants. The record, released last month, is called Idiot Guides and Plans, and is quite a pleasant set of lo-fi songs with some great highlights and a couple of tracks that are not really my sort of thing.

One of the reasons I left it so long before posting on this is that I’ve kind of blown hot and cold about the record at different times. In the end, however, I’ve been charmed and won over by the bemused “left behind by the modern world” figures they’ve cut. The songs are regretful acoustic affairs, occasionally embellished by the odd banjo, or sweeping organ sound, and often recast by the odd quirk here and there (I think I heard a Rolf-style wobble board at one point…)

I’m posting my two favourite tracks here but you can get the whole record from the generous (and patient) folk at Fresh Hair Records and also read a profile of the band here. You can also stream the whole record at Fresh Hair

Now I know

The Waltzer Song

You can’t count on me for anything…

I’ve been off for the last couple of weeks getting a rather sobering dose of what we laughingly refer to as the real world. Quite enough of that thank you.

Let’s get back to not doing much, eh?


Poking around the Hidden Hive site, a couple of weeks back for the previous post, I came across this lot. At the time it didn’t seem to be quite as much fun as Flotation Toy Warning, but it’s really grown on me since.

I don’t know a whole lot about Gintis, and there’s not many clues from their Myspace page aside from the highly laudable:

“If you like your music to come with scarves, blazers, shit haircuts played by pretty boys in jeans way too tight, then just fuck off now.”

You have to say, though, that they sound a helluva lot like Mercury Rev or Grandaddy, with a really rich (can I say “orchestral”?) sound that sees what sounded like simple songs developing into much more complex affairs. Perhaps predictably, they seem to have some sort of close links with Flotation Toy Warning, and the latter’s Ben Clay has written a review of Gintis’ album, Happy Drunken Accidents, for the website, here, which is worth a read.

Hidden Hive do have another couple of bands that sound pretty interesting too and it makes me wonder if there’s some sort of cosy Elephant 6- style collective going on there. I think I should probably investigate…

People Defiant

Wonderful Show