The Art Club pull on a few genres to craft their sound. At times they are reminiscent of the pre-Britpop sound of the late 80s/early 90s. The intro to their track ‘Falling Down’ could almost be a lick on the cutting room floor left out of ‘This Charming Man’. When David Murdoch’s vocals kick in, however, we’re taken somewhere far more cheery than the melancholy of Morrisey. Somewhere between early ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ Beatles’ and Jake Bugg laced with a bit of Suede’s ‘Beautiful Ones’ sits this happy sounding pop indie ditty. The breakdown and build back up of Ellis Dickson’s drums and Max Cleworth’s bass add another level to the song that was originally unexpected.
Their new single, ‘I Am Yours’, opens with a genius lyric: “They said not to look back in anger, but I do.” Again, keeping up the 90s revival sound and unashamedly referencing influences from their younger years. The Art Club sound similar enough to a lot of bands out there to fit on many bills, but are different enough to make them stand out and stick in your head after only a couple of listens.
The Art Club play The Joker on Thu 16 April 2015