Long Fin Killie - Classic or Dud?

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So yeah, a typical Clarke story: "I was in this record store a few days ago and I saw a copy of Long Fin Killie's 'Houdini' for 3 bucks. I wasn't sure what they were like, only that their name sounded vaguely familiar (turns out my roommate has all their stuff). So I picked it up, put it on in the ol' Walkman, and I was completely stunned." I'm such a predictable tool.

Gosh, I feel so retro throwing a C-or-D up in here. It seems like there were lots of C-or-Ds around six months or so ago when I first started checking out the board, but there seem to be a lot less nowadays. Not that that's a bad thing at all, I'm just sayin'... By the way, I am fascinated with the Patrick Bateman Walkman thread; I just got back from the beach this afternoon, and I have a lot of cool reading to catch up on! I'm still feeling a little weird from watching more MTV than I'd care to admit, especially that song that goes "I like the way ya' smack my aaaasssss"--what the fuck?

Anyway, feel free to discuss Long Fin Killie or anything else I've mentioned. I love 'Houdini,' for the record, and I'll be interested to see how well it wears after all the repeated listening I'm going to give it.

Clarke B., Sunday, 5 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

classic. all three albums were fantastic, houdini was the subtle introduction almost all of the songs with a slow build up in tension, valentino was the loud guitar record with vocal snippets that were almost sound bites, and amelia introduced many of the electronic elements of luke sutherland's current project bows. the way they played live was almost primal, the bass player used a drumstick, luke would sing and play shards of noise on his viola or guitar, the little guitar player would never look up just make loads of noise and both of the drummers were pretty fancy. they are one of my favorite bands ever, they had everything passsion and brilliantly jagged lyrics about any social cause you could throw a stick at. bows is probably even better, i think their last album 'cassidy' is the best thing luke has ever done. his novel is also pretty good, even had it not been written by a musician. they were definitely the last stage of the too pure golden age. a shame, then, that all of the albums can be found in the bargain bins.

keith, Sunday, 5 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Beaten to punch, but see above. Never saw them live, and that's my loss. Great band.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 6 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I have Houdini somewhere. Haven't listened to it in a while, but I liked it a lot (esp. the interesting arrangements and odd instruments). Plus I liked Sutherland's interesting outlook, and way with telling funny stories and comments.

Never really followed up with any Long Fin Killie after Houdini, unfortunately. Fell through the cracks, I suppose.

Tadeusz Suchodolski, Monday, 6 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Agreed with Keith 100%. I hadn't thought much about them until seeing them open for Throwing Muses. Through that show I become a devout fan. How many bands make three records that progress from good to great to brilliant and then break up?

Cassidy is definitely one of the year's best records thus far. If Rudi and Alex from AR Kane heard it, I think they'd be floored.

Andy, Monday, 6 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Fuck -- that's became a devout fan. Morning.

Andy, Monday, 6 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I'll be sure to check out 'Cassidy.' I'm also hoping to track down the other two Long Fin albums, even though my roommate has them. You guys know how it is - I MUST POSSESS. We're only roommates for another year, anyway.

Clarke B., Monday, 6 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

About the A.R.Kane comment, too, if that record is anything like 'Houdini,' I can definitely see that. I think 'Houdini' is one of the most 'oceanic' records I've ever heard, for sure. I rememeber a thread a while ago in which someone (Tom?) mentioned that Kitchens of Distinction took A.R.Kane's ideas and made them into listenable pop songs. I don't hear that quite so much - sure, swirly guitars and all, but it doesn't really feel the same at all - but I do think 'Houdini' is strongly reminiscent of '69' (admittedly the only A.R.Kane I've heard).

Clarke B., Monday, 6 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

To me, Cassidy sounds like an update of "i" -- the beats, the sweet melodies, the blissfulness. So the LFK records might be considered closer to 69 in that they're more guitar-based. The guitars on Cassidy are fluttery for the most part, predominantly in the background.

Andy, Monday, 6 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

one month passes...
Happy to see so many "fans" of LFK, I mean, today. I've had the highest privilege to play as guest for LFK in Reims (France), so I discovered the band live. Certainly the best concert I've ever seen (they were touring for "Valentino"), even Sonic Youth never did better... Actually, what struck me most was their teenage attitude, on and backstage. Really, they were like kids discovering French wine and cheese... That is what could define the originality of LFK: a subtle balance between joke and serious (musically and politically).

Tom W., Thursday, 20 September 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

two years pass...
listening to Amelia at work . . . "Kismet" & "Lipstick" have always been huge favourites of mine (the latter shares a sort of smeared queer eroticism with bits of Arthur Russell's Calling Out Of Context), but when "Headlines" came on I sorta stopped serving this customer & they had to shake my arm to regain my attention. Just . . . wow.

etc, Tuesday, 20 April 2004 02:42 (fifteen years ago) link

it's fun to listen to the programmed version of lipstick and then the version with the live drums, the drummer pretty well kept pace with the drum program, so cool. when i saw them they spent ten minutes after their show(they were opening for loud family) telling me and my friend andrew about how great pram were, that was excellent. i was listening, recently, to the three 7-inchers that came out after the first record, a bit of a mix of the first two records. too pure used to be so amazing as an unbelievably great rcord came out nearly every week, or so it seemed. switched on, dry, iron lung, eva luna, houdini, quique, vulvaland, helium, lido,, silver apples of the moon, etc...

keith m (keithmcl), Tuesday, 20 April 2004 03:09 (fifteen years ago) link

programmed vs live drums? where can I find whichever version isn't on amelia? (&, ooh . . . I should really try & see if their singles &c are still available, & make a compilation cd for myself).

etc, Tuesday, 20 April 2004 03:48 (fifteen years ago) link

A B-side collection would be nice. Their version of Madonna's "Angel" is phenomenal.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 20 April 2004 03:56 (fifteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
Listening to Houdini right now... it's a perfect fusion of pastoral prog and shoegaze/UK post-rock. The prog thing really struck me today, as I've been listening to a lot of it lately. LFK are great at their instruments, sure, but even the details of the packaging and the sound are prog -- the woodcut art on the cover, song titles like "The Lamberton Lamplighter," Sutherland's shaky, unabashedly poetic and fanciful lyrics (reminding one of early Gabriel both in sound and content), loads of auxiliary percussion. I wish more people knew of them; they really were a remarkable band.

Clarke B. (Clarke B.), Sunday, 9 May 2004 15:19 (fifteen years ago) link

Holy crap, the beginning of "Love Smothers Allergy" is in furiously paced 10/8 time with a great use of stereo and an army's worth of syncopated percussion, Sutherland singing sometimes in falsetto...

Clarke B. (Clarke B.), Sunday, 9 May 2004 15:28 (fifteen years ago) link

Just stalking you today, Clarke. ;-) I was actually relistening to all three albums recently, all so amazingly good. Another regret from the mid-nineties, missing them when they played LA.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 9 May 2004 15:35 (fifteen years ago) link

I like Keith's story above; it's really funny to imagine LFK opening for Loud Family. Don't get me wrong, Loud Family are just fine, but I dunno. It's like 70s King Crimson opening for Nilsson or something.

Clarke B. (Clarke B.), Sunday, 9 May 2004 15:56 (fifteen years ago) link

£1.50! Sod that!

Keith Watson (kmw), Sunday, 9 May 2004 19:59 (fifteen years ago) link

Haha! Oops, wrong thread.

Keith Watson (kmw), Sunday, 9 May 2004 19:59 (fifteen years ago) link

the original version of lipstick is on the single for lipstick. also has a great b-side 'love life'.

keith m (keithmcl), Sunday, 9 May 2004 23:10 (fifteen years ago) link

a long fin killie b-side comp-

love life

that's a pretty great record actually. maybe an edited version of 'butterbelly' which is probably too long.

keith m (keithmcl), Monday, 10 May 2004 00:12 (fifteen years ago) link

Mmm, I could live with that. *checks CD singles*

No "Flaccid Tabloid," then? Otherwise I have all those except "Rhino" and "Vanilla."

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 10 May 2004 00:17 (fifteen years ago) link

flaccid tabloid's sax is kinda suspect.

keith m (keithmcl), Monday, 10 May 2004 00:28 (fifteen years ago) link

Heh. But clue me in, where would "Rhino" and "Vanilla" be found, and are there any other B-sides you've left off, or does that cover it all? Eventually I do want to make some sorta collection.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 10 May 2004 00:29 (fifteen years ago) link

I have to retract my LFK dis above, as I've been listening to these albums a lot for the past few months. Goes to show what a first impression based on brief exposure 10 years ago doesn't always hold.

kyle (akmonday), Monday, 10 May 2004 00:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Nice...except you're slightly disturbing me in that I can't find your post upthread!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 10 May 2004 00:33 (fifteen years ago) link

oh, it was in another thread, I realized after I posted that.

kyle (akmonday), Monday, 10 May 2004 00:35 (fifteen years ago) link

'rhino' and 'vanilla' were on a three 7-inch set that came out between the first and second albums.

it was
blue vinyl-
b-home erectus
red vinyl-
a-heads of dead surfers
b-flower carrier(pruned version)
white vinyl-
b-love smothers allergy

i have no other b-sides.

keith m (keithmcl), Monday, 10 May 2004 00:36 (fifteen years ago) link

both are real aggressive sounding. i imagine they were recorded for the first album but they didn't fit in with the mellowness. not as sharp as the second album, both songs are fantastic.

keith m (keithmcl), Monday, 10 May 2004 00:46 (fifteen years ago) link

Nice. Now that you mention it, I vaguely recall something about it. Off to A Certain File Sharing Site for me...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 10 May 2004 00:48 (fifteen years ago) link

The single version of "Lipstick" isn't the original; it's a remix by Grant MacNamara. The original is the one of the LP.

Keith Watson (kmw), Monday, 10 May 2004 20:30 (fifteen years ago) link

That said; you've obviously got a different single to me, since mine's got "Lipstick (original)" on the b-side!

Keith Watson (kmw), Monday, 10 May 2004 20:35 (fifteen years ago) link

Ned, stop saying 'nice'.

Sick Nouthall (Nick Southall), Monday, 10 May 2004 20:51 (fifteen years ago) link

k-thanx for all the b-side info - still gotta go & scour s**k. re: the LFK:prog connection, I remember stumbling across this, the author of which has some . . . v.different reference points from the ILM/LostGen massive?

oh, & has anyone picked up LS's new novel, Venus As A Boy? I've managed to grab 2ndhand copies of his first two (even I've been deferring the pleasure of reading them) from my work . . .

etc, Monday, 10 May 2004 21:00 (fifteen years ago) link

I would be exceedingly interested in a copy of this LFK b-side collection, should anyone find copies of them all. I've had no luck on slsk trying to find any.

This is one of my favourite bands, and was for a long time in part due to their mystery. Back in the day of CDNow(this was 97, maybe?does it still exist in any form?), I'd use the 'similar artists' link to find lots of bands, and eventually heard several 30 second RealAudio clips from Amelia, largely because I loved the cover so much. I saved the clips from 'British Summertime', 'Kismet' and 'Sugar Helping', constantly wondering what happened to the songs, what the whole album was, where the band was from, whether they were still around, and whether I could ever find an album. I eventually tracked down all three used, and wasn't disappointed a bit.

Long Fin Killie is like Suzanne Vega for me, in that I was so proud of enjoying and having discovered them in high school, to the piint that I can't be objective. Oh, and then Bows came out just as I was into Portishead and Hooverphonic and Curve and I swooned for Luke Sutherland all over again.

Valentino is probably my favourite. It's more muscular, in a sense, and maybe their most confident. The title track is the best example of barely restrained sexual anger I can think of in a song, without being cartoonish. There are undoubted classics on Houdini too, though. Lamberton Lamplighter, of course, and Love Smothers Allergy, Hollywood Gem..

yeah. CLASSIC.

derrick (derrick), Tuesday, 11 May 2004 03:32 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...

Sick Mouthy (Nick Southall), Friday, 2 February 2007 13:19 (twelve years ago) link



to scour or to pop? (Haberdager), Friday, 2 February 2007 13:22 (twelve years ago) link

omg, reading this thread, ESPECIALLY the following extract: a perfect fusion of pastoral prog and shoegaze/UK post-rock, i suddenly have an incredible desire to hear them.

to scour or to pop? (Haberdager), Friday, 2 February 2007 13:25 (twelve years ago) link

Don't forget the lyrics. Such a great turn of phrase on the fella

Hell Hath No Furry (DJ Mencap), Friday, 2 February 2007 13:27 (twelve years ago) link

this sounds immense

to scour or to pop? (Haberdager), Friday, 2 February 2007 13:30 (twelve years ago) link

Sutherland's a bona fide genius.

Sick Mouthy (Nick Southall), Friday, 2 February 2007 13:31 (twelve years ago) link

Also, by Amelia, they totally slaughtered Bloc Party at their own fast-paced social-comment black-gay-singer amazing-drummer art-rock game.

Sick Mouthy (Nick Southall), Friday, 2 February 2007 13:32 (twelve years ago) link

paging Amazon.co.uk

to scour or to pop? (Haberdager), Friday, 2 February 2007 13:33 (twelve years ago) link

'Houdini' has some well juicy track-times!

(It's true; I often pre-judge records a little based upon the relative lengths of the songs...)

to scour or to pop? (Haberdager), Friday, 2 February 2007 13:47 (twelve years ago) link

Amelia's one of the few late '90s rock albums I still play with any regularity.

Andy_K (Andy_K), Friday, 2 February 2007 13:57 (twelve years ago) link

Houdini is wicked. I am writing a piece about it right now as an antidote to Bloc Party.

Amelia is also ace although I know it less well. Valentino I just ordered.

Sick Mouthy (Nick Southall), Friday, 2 February 2007 13:58 (twelve years ago) link

I just ordered Houdini. WHICH WILL ARRIVE FIRST??!?!?!??!???!??!!??!??!?

to scour or to pop? (Haberdager), Friday, 2 February 2007 14:11 (twelve years ago) link

I haven't really got much time for girls
Don't get me wrong now
Don't get me wrong now
It's just my nights are occupied with lighting
These damn lamps
Oh, and night's a time for courting for girls
Night's a time for courting for girls
Isn't it?

I've been propositioned by girls before
On me lamp rounds
Oh yes, I have
But I'm at pains to explain it's not my line of trade
Buying flowers and chocolate mice
It's just the thought of commitment's totally wild
Any sort of commitment's out of order
Isn't it?

I've had some girls come up to me
Who said it won't take that long
Just a quick one up the back
One for the road
And I'm at pains to explain I'm not that type of guy
Send the sulking (?) bitches on their way

I seem to have a lot more time for guys
Don't get me wrong now
Don't get me wrong now
It's just their wit and charm and conversation
Captures youth and that's the truth
Oh and youth's the time when cares traipse free...

I've had some girls come up to me
Who said it won't take that long
Just a quick one up the back
One for the road
And I'm at pains to explain I'm not that type of guy
Send the sulking (?) bitches on their way

Sick Mouthy (Nick Southall), Friday, 2 February 2007 14:11 (twelve years ago) link

I also ordered Buttergut and Blush by Bows.

Louis do you like LOOSE FUR?

Sick Mouthy (Nick Southall), Friday, 2 February 2007 14:12 (twelve years ago) link

Aye, Kismet's awesome; Amelia condenses their earlier work into really frenetic, highly intense packages. I love all three albums. There's a great handful of b-sides, too.

Something I wrote about Amelia a while ago:


Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 18 May 2009 15:31 (ten years ago) link

Jamie Watson, for reference, produced / engineered the first Snow Patrol album, before they were MOR bullshit.

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 18 May 2009 16:04 (ten years ago) link

I know Jamie, he lives up the street from me. Hate to be pedantic, but Grant Macn@mara did the engineering on the Snow Patrol thing.

Keith, Monday, 18 May 2009 16:06 (ten years ago) link

I hate to do something quite so wankerish as this, but unless the sleevenotes are a lie, you're incorrect on this, Keith:


Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 18 May 2009 19:40 (ten years ago) link

^^^this guy is bein' a bulldog today

BIG CHOO-CHOOS aka the steamtraindriver (country matters), Monday, 18 May 2009 19:42 (ten years ago) link

It's cos I'm 30, innit.

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 18 May 2009 19:43 (ten years ago) link

and to think i never wished you happy birthday

happy birthday nick

there now be happy

BIG CHOO-CHOOS aka the steamtraindriver (country matters), Monday, 18 May 2009 19:44 (ten years ago) link

happy happy happy

BIG CHOO-CHOOS aka the steamtraindriver (country matters), Monday, 18 May 2009 19:44 (ten years ago) link

Hey Nick, no problem, and indeed it gives me a chance to explain how wankerish I was posting what I did. Happy birthday too!

Grant was my flatmate at the time, but it's Jamie's studio, so he understandably wanted to take the credits... He's done a bunch of things over the years, the Vaselines spring to mind, Idlewild too, but lots more. Grant certainly did a bunch of engineering on that record as I remember being in a pub with them after they'd all been 'at work'; however, I think my main point is a decade long beef about the Long Fin Killie thing, which Grant also did the engineering on... He did the remix of "Lipstick", which was the single, but wound up being credited as "programmed by Grant...", some way down the list from produced and engineered etc. which he was pretty pissed off by at the time, which I understand, as I watched him do it. So on occasion since then, I've tried to redress the balance!

Hope you had a great birthday.

Keith, Monday, 18 May 2009 23:29 (ten years ago) link

three months pass...

i missed these guys back in the day. finally got houdini recently, and i'm amazed. maybe it's the mancunian accent, but it sounds like elbow bites them so hard it's almost criminal, like witchcraft and black sabbath

kamerad, Saturday, 5 September 2009 21:02 (nine years ago) link

is luke sutherland over? the Music AM stuff was such a letdown.

keythkeythkeyth, Saturday, 5 September 2009 21:50 (nine years ago) link

He's moved into other work -- he collaborated on this production:


And apparently it won some attention at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year:


Ned Raggett, Saturday, 5 September 2009 22:06 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

some of these guys' b-sides/EP tracks are really kicking my ass right now as I'm hearing them for the first time.

the coda of the original version of "Lipstick" is just about the eeriest 45-second snippet of music I've heard. I can understand why it wasn't included on such a propulsive album as Amelia, but I think I prefer it to the album version, if only for the moment when that massive feedback-y guitar tapers off and exposes the dissonant violin line that had been lurking deep in the mix and waiting for the right moment to unleash its horror.

the violin line toward the end of "Stacked", on the other hand, has sort of a country/folk/hoedown/(Dexys?) feel to it, and it's one of the few times that an LFK song ends on a less sinister note than it begins.

are there any other semi-rarities like these that weren't listed in keith's post upthread?

administratieve blunder (unregistered), Tuesday, 15 March 2011 03:05 (eight years ago) link

Really loved this band when they came out. Saw them in a club in Raleigh, NC and also at the Lollapalooza date they played in 1996. This song is my favorite:


Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 15 March 2011 04:28 (eight years ago) link

Great band. I stupidly sold my CDs ten years ago, and am having a helluva time finding albums #2 and 3 now, used or even just lossless files in the ether.

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 15 March 2011 05:04 (eight years ago) link

six months pass...

Will be being played tonight at Devon Record Club.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 27 September 2011 17:17 (seven years ago) link


psychedelicatessen (seandalai), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 14:53 (seven years ago) link

anyone heard We Can Love You? his band with Speaker Bite Me people? do they still exist?

keythhtyek, Thursday, 29 September 2011 03:49 (seven years ago) link

six months pass...

ah, i was going to ask the same question: "anyone heard We Can Love You? his band with Speaker Bite Me people?"

djh, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 21:30 (seven years ago) link

The first Bows (Luke Sutherland) album Blush hit all my buttons in 1999.


Sanpaku, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 22:56 (seven years ago) link

Amelia is really one of the all-time greats. Wish I'd gotten around to making that singles comp I muttered about 8(!) years ago upthread.

AFAIK Luke Sutherland's mainly doing music work for theatre in Scotland? Would love to hear him score a film, &c.

etc, Friday, 13 April 2012 20:39 (seven years ago) link

Wish I'd gotten around to making that singles comp I muttered about 8(!) years ago upthread.

No time like the present. At least post the tracklisting!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 14 April 2012 00:00 (seven years ago) link

the bows album is great, something I bought on a whim because it was $2 and it looked like something I would like. didn't even know about the LFK connection at the time.

akm, Sunday, 15 April 2012 14:31 (seven years ago) link

make sure you get both albums.

keythhtyek, Sunday, 15 April 2012 16:54 (seven years ago) link

I went ahead and put together that singles comp and it's kicking my ass!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:50 (seven years ago) link

Spotify has a couple of the albums. "British Summertime" is playing and it's glorious.

Blimey, how the heck did I miss this band the first time around?! Fortunately everything's cheap used from Amazon.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 23:49 (seven years ago) link

I went ahead and put together that singles comp and it's kicking my ass!

― Gerald McBoing-Boing

Ha, tracklisting? All my CDs/7"s are on the other side of the world, and my portable HDD is dead. Loved the woodcut-style artwork on some of them.

etc, Thursday, 26 April 2012 12:40 (seven years ago) link

Pretty sure I had all of the singles at some point. Not sure why I got rid of them (to buy other records, of course, but...), though I do still have the Lipstick CD5.

Andy K, Thursday, 26 April 2012 15:30 (seven years ago) link

All-too-brief and blurry appearance in here:


Andy K, Thursday, 26 April 2012 15:34 (seven years ago) link

One day I'll have to sit down and transcribe the lyrics to Amelia.

etc, Friday, 27 April 2012 07:32 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

Any Sutherland updates?

djh, Monday, 19 August 2013 20:46 (five years ago) link

four years pass...

Seems so... https://revmagnetic.bandcamp.com

Cromagnon, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 10:53 (one year ago) link

For etc, my apologies for flaking on this in 2012. I have since gone back and picked up everything they did, it's all fantastic.

The Complete Singles (non-LP tracks only):
Boy Racer
Butterbelly (these 3 from the "Butterbelly" CD single)
Flaccid Tabloid
Stacked (these 2 from "The Heads Of Dead Surfers" CD single)
Flower Carrier (Pruned version) (from the "Heads Of Dead Surfers" 7")
Vanilla (from the "Vanilla" 7")
Rhino (from the "Rhino" 7")
Clinch (these 3 from the "Hands And Lips" CD single)
Lipstick (original)
Love Life (these 3 from the "Lipstick" CD single)

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 18:00 (one year ago) link

Classic classic classic!

Will now endeavour to collect up those singles tracks.

michaellambert, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 18:03 (one year ago) link

Ned remember when we both went to an LA ilxor brunch 7 years ago and you gave me a Long Fin Killie CD?

the masseduction of lauryn hill (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 18:41 (one year ago) link

Ah, cheers Gerald!

Stoked to hear new Luke Sutherland stuff - Rev Magnetic def. closer to LFK than, say, Music A.M.

etc, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 21:35 (one year ago) link

I like all of their elements: the drumming specially which is very unique for the genre and the decade but they have a frustrating tendency to get stuck on a great groove and not do much with it.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 31 January 2018 01:02 (one year ago) link

Also I don’t mind Luke’s whispery vocals but they are usually the least interesting sound in every song. They could’ve benefitted from a second, more dynamic vocalist. He made it work well in the Bows albums with a female vocalist.

That drums and the way they produced them though. Reason enough to listen.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 31 January 2018 01:15 (one year ago) link

I feel like a douche saying “ my favorite thing from this obscure underground indie band is an obscure 7 inch single with songs that are not found in any of their albums” but Lipstick really might be my favorite one from them.

The original, non-remix version is miles better than the album version and might just be my favorite song from them. the drummer playing non-programmed drum n bass is more interesting and the finale with strings is gorgeous. CZ is a great instrumental too and feels a nice change to not have Luke’s vocals on top. And Love Life is surprisingly catchy coming from them and sounds like it’s intentionally (?) taking its bass groove from “White Lines”.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 31 January 2018 04:08 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

Saw Rev Magnetic in Dundee last night. Played six or seven songs, not more than half an hour, all excellent.

michaellambert, Saturday, 2 June 2018 09:30 (one year ago) link

Felt like a mix of LFK and Bows, with the bass player contributing vocals, and odd bits of electronic drums. The two songs on bandcamp are pretty representative.

michaellambert, Saturday, 2 June 2018 09:31 (one year ago) link

Loved the first two LFK albums... I play them occasionally, they still sound great.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Saturday, 2 June 2018 17:41 (one year ago) link

Skimming thru this thread, I guess I should give Amelia another try... it didn’t click with me at the time, but ppl seem to like it!

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Saturday, 2 June 2018 17:45 (one year ago) link

You should, it's all good. There's a definite evolution in their sound but it all flows really well.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 2 June 2018 19:29 (one year ago) link

Saw LFK live way back when and liked 'em but haven't played the albums in ages. I should though. I should check out Rev Magnetic songs too

curmudgeon, Monday, 4 June 2018 20:25 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Stuart Braithwaite was on 6music earlier and mentioned that Rev Magnetic had just joined Rock Action.

michaellambert, Thursday, 9 August 2018 19:21 (eleven months ago) link

four months pass...

New Rev Magnetic song:


michaellambert, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 22:17 (six months ago) link

four months pass...

Album ('Versus Universe') out today, listening now and very much enjoying it. Nothing's hit me as immediately as "Like No Girl That Ever Was" (not on the album) but that set a pretty high bar. Maybe Bows re-cast as a rock band?

michaellambert, Friday, 10 May 2019 19:43 (two months ago) link

Looking forward to hearing it. Few months late on the last single:


etc, Friday, 10 May 2019 22:15 (two months ago) link

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