"I felt like I was part of something" a thread for Real Lies

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i voted for real lies, it spoke to the crushing sense of notalgia that was my 2020. also made me think of the beloved, who i also love in the same slightly-embarrassed-by-it kind of way


I’m a bit embarrassed how deeply “Boss Trick'' got its hooks in; it did absolutely nothing for me on first blush but now I’ve played it forty times if I’ve played it once and I am afraid I’m likely to listen to it another hundred in the coming year. I’m amused but unsurprised that this hooked you Dan; keep fucking around with Real Lies and they’ll definitely getcha!

There’s just something about the blend of the warm and rummy bassline, the breathy vocals, the canned drums, the piano motif, the disarmingly rich electrostrings and that sample OH THAT SAMPLE; it’s all unmistakably, immensely corny but somehow evokes genuine **Ff3eeee1llzzz** “Clubby PM Dawn” is a very good description imo.


The first Real Lies album, which I love a lot, is more like East 17 than anything else I can put my finger on.

They remind me of The Tough Alliance a lot though: immaculate hooks over synth-pop, swaggering and menacing delivery but celebratory joyous lyrics. I think TTA practice situationalism as a means of political escape in an idealised way, but for RL it manifests in the fleeting joy of nightlife and club culture.

They also make me think of Saint Etienne's first two albums - stylistically different of course, but both at a point in their careers where their music sounds tied to the city, and borne out of the thrill of the joy of pop itself, all samples and ambition.

I really love this band, I would have started a thread on them if I had had any inkling that ILM wouldn't hate it.


apparently real lies once described their sound as 'dj sprinkles meets oasis' lmao


boxedjoy, Saturday, 30 January 2021 09:55 (eight months ago) link

and rather fortuitously they've released a new song this weekend


boxedjoy, Saturday, 30 January 2021 09:59 (eight months ago) link

Oh wow why have I not heard these before?

the scamp has a thousand fries (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 30 January 2021 10:19 (eight months ago) link

i have nothing but warm feelings for these lads, even they make me cringe a bit (hello new song!)

mage uluk (NickB), Saturday, 30 January 2021 10:42 (eight months ago) link

i did enjoy their version of 'a raint night in soho' last year, they pretty much turned the pogues into a bark psychosis song:


mage uluk (NickB), Saturday, 30 January 2021 10:51 (eight months ago) link

I feel like the cringe is part of the appeal: the way they skirt the boundary between lad swagger and earnestness, it feels disarmingly sincere

boxedjoy, Saturday, 30 January 2021 11:01 (eight months ago) link

it's a weird kind of selling point, but yes - that!

mage uluk (NickB), Saturday, 30 January 2021 11:27 (eight months ago) link

I'm not an expert in these matters, but should thread be called "a mix between DJ Sprinkles and PM Dawn with the swagger of Oasis" (or something like that)?

Smokahontas and John Spliff (PBKR), Saturday, 30 January 2021 14:10 (eight months ago) link

I really missed a trick there eh

boxedjoy, Saturday, 30 January 2021 15:00 (eight months ago) link

yeah boss trick is a ten, I love how it’s a tribute to the third guy who left the group, real earnest bromance vibes

brimstead, Saturday, 30 January 2021 18:02 (eight months ago) link

Gorgeous merchandise that I'm vaguely tempted by: https://real-lies.bandcamp.com/merch/forza-rl-bliss-to-be-alive-scarves

As mentioned upthread, love the Ea(rne)st 17-ness of these guys

technopolis, Saturday, 30 January 2021 18:07 (eight months ago) link

two months pass...


another new one, getting a very strong sense of how the new album is going to sound when it finally arrives

boxedjoy, Friday, 16 April 2021 11:09 (six months ago) link

Love “Late Arcades”. Though I think “Nicotine Patch” may be my favourite of the recent material.

Love the female/male vocal interplay on:

What you gonna use those sore lips for?
Making vows, breaking laws
Constant craving, settling scores
Football pools and cellar doors
Late enough to break
Stay cool son, ache, ache, ache, ache
Hold it inside
With all the reasons why

Tim F, Friday, 16 April 2021 11:27 (six months ago) link

five months pass...


boxedjoy, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 16:09 (two weeks ago) link

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