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I went to see Too Pure act Electelane last night at Spitz in London. Really very very good. The album doesnt do them justice. Sort of Stereolab-ish (lazy comparison) but more punky. They were great.

garret (garret), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 15:38 (nineteen years ago) link

I rather liked the first album, though it was a little annoying how it was 74 minutes long and Spartakiade managed to sum it all up in about one and a half minutes. Is the second album out then?

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 15:43 (nineteen years ago) link

The new album is The Power Out. Release date is 2/2/04. I got an early copy - very good indeed. I also got The Exorcist by Ill Ease on the same label. not so sure about that one - yet!

garret (garret), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 15:54 (nineteen years ago) link

the new album has a lot more vocals and is much more varied than the first one. less soundtrack-y/more song oriented than "rock it to the moon"... albini produced i think?

cutty (mcutt), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 15:55 (nineteen years ago) link

Oooh, i'd forgotten the first album was called "rock it to the moon" God, that's a really bad album title...

Kate Jane Connolly (fixitgirl), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 15:57 (nineteen years ago) link

Better yet, it was on Let's Rock! Records...

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 16:05 (nineteen years ago) link

hah, no. it was on mr. lady. don't be silly.

cutty (mcutt), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 16:08 (nineteen years ago) link

oops. let's rock too. i submit.

cutty (mcutt), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 16:09 (nineteen years ago) link

Hurrah for the new album! I am very much looking forward to it.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 16:13 (nineteen years ago) link

Oh, so they've improved live then? Saw them about 18 months ago and they were the dullest live band I think I've ever seen.

Ricardo (RickyT), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 16:27 (nineteen years ago) link

Yes, new album is pretty good, but I admit nothing is really sticking. Saw them live at the Barfly a few months back (can't recall who they were playing with), but left early. They didn't suck THAT badly - I was pretty tired at the time...

Rob Bolton (Rob Bolton), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 17:21 (nineteen years ago) link

i'm glad to read they went away from the soundtrack-y style, i always try to like them and end up bored and not noticing when the record's finished. i need actual songs!

joan vich (joan vich), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 17:29 (nineteen years ago) link

Jagz Kooner's remix of "Blue Straggler" is in my top ten remixes of anyone ever. I'm looking forward to hearing the new material.

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 17:31 (nineteen years ago) link

CharlieNo4 completely OTM.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 19:50 (nineteen years ago) link

They're on of those bands that I always desperately *wanted* to like. But they never really clicked with me. I'd be interested to hear the new album, all the same.

The River Kate (kate), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 20:57 (nineteen years ago) link

two months pass...
New album is freaking great. One of my favorite this year. Albini's hand seems less heavy than on most of his recordings.

scott m (mcd), Friday, 2 April 2004 19:47 (nineteen years ago) link

New album rules! So much going on on it (the Stereolab comparison only applies to two or three songs, if I remember correctly). Great production. I say: Best all female post-punk type group since...Ut?

Tim Ellison, Friday, 2 April 2004 20:54 (nineteen years ago) link

Ooooh I like the Ut mention, very fitting.

scott m (mcd), Friday, 2 April 2004 21:07 (nineteen years ago) link

they're playing tomorrow night at boogaloo in williamsburg, but i haven't had much luck with seeing/hearing anything when i've been there.

lauren (laurenp), Friday, 2 April 2004 21:15 (nineteen years ago) link

five months pass...
this record is soooo good. i caught them in philly about a month back and they were amazing. possibly one of the best shows ive seen all year.

maria tessa sciarrino (theoreticalgirl), Thursday, 23 September 2004 16:32 (eighteen years ago) link

I agree. Unfortunately, the album seemed to kind of got lost in the shuffle (at least here in the U.S.).

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Thursday, 23 September 2004 16:45 (eighteen years ago) link


Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Thursday, 23 September 2004 16:46 (eighteen years ago) link

what's the barometer of being lost in the shuffle or not? they got a great pitchfork review and their shows seems to fill rooms...

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 23 September 2004 16:47 (eighteen years ago) link

i loved the record, but live, they were one of the worst bands i've EVER seen. it's totally made me like the record less.

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:03 (eighteen years ago) link

yancey, what did you not like about their performance?

maria tessa sciarrino (theoreticalgirl), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:04 (eighteen years ago) link

Dude, pitchfork reviews four or five albums every day. Are they filling rooms as headliners?

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:06 (eighteen years ago) link

i have been listening to this a lot lately.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:08 (eighteen years ago) link

their cover of "i'm on fire" = classic.

same goes for ted leo's "dancing in the dark."

apparently the sincere boss cover is the new cool thing.

asl, Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:13 (eighteen years ago) link

Really must get this album, though I fear this Bruce talk. (Then again the sincere Boss covers by Badly Drawn Boy were the new UNcool thing so I suppose there has to be cosmic balance.)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:14 (eighteen years ago) link

hey, i dont like the boss* but im down with their cover of "im on fire."

* being an NJ resident, that might be worthy of having my license revoked or something.

maria tessa sciarrino (theoreticalgirl), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:17 (eighteen years ago) link

the two BOSS covers on the most recent portastatic EPs are good (esp. "growin' up").

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:22 (eighteen years ago) link

basically the only person worth a hoot in the band is the woman who plays keys and guitar, and sings. the bassist had no idea what the fuck she was doing. ALWAYS off-tempo. same with the drummer: played every song too fast. the guitar player struck these barbie doll ax-shredder poses, but played single-string guitar solos that SUCKED, and when she tried to play more than that, she was terrible.

but of course virtuosity don't matter much at all, so it wasn't just that: the setlist was awful. they would play one song with vocals, and then one long, instrumental jammy monstrosity, and then another vocal song. it gave the set NO momentum (NOmemtum), even though the audience ate up the jammy shit, even though they were only playing two motherfucking chords (i think the nearly all-female audience gave them the benefit of the doubt just cuz they were women; no way would a male band jerking off on stage like that have gotten any love, and rightfully so).

basically the impression i got was that the lead singer has been in many bands before, but all of them primarily men, where her talents were underutilized and she was, most likely, seen as Just The Girl. so now she has her own band with other women and she's trying hard but she's just way above their level. it was like seeing a high school band where you can tell one of them is gonna devote his/her life to music even if it means working in guitar center while the rest will move on to office jobs, cheap sex or drugs once the whole thing falls apart.

there wasn't any grace to their performance. the album works cuz it's understated and easy and mellow and stoned and all of those qualities. but live, they wanted to be THE ROCK BAND and holy fuck did they whiff at it. the two people i attended the show with (both women, btw) hated it. but we honestly seemed to be the only ones.

(the show was at the knitting factory in nyc two weeks ago, fyi)

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:22 (eighteen years ago) link

electrelane's 'I'm on fire' is not as good as TJO's but I'm sick of singing tht song's praises.

anyway, I think I'd like electrelane's new album if I cd bring myself round to buying it but that album cover is awful. I saw them live, playing the new material, and they were v. v. good. wht songs shd I download maria, as a taster of the best of the album?

cºzen (Cozen), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:22 (eighteen years ago) link

those were recorded at my radio station!!!

maria tessa sciarrino (theoreticalgirl), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:23 (eighteen years ago) link

the guitarist is the one & only mia clarke of the wire, I think

cºzen (Cozen), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:23 (eighteen years ago) link

Albini's production on that album is excellent.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:24 (eighteen years ago) link

when I saw them the set was driven, I thought all the talk of 'kinesis' and 'motorik' maybe a touch played and journalistic but ws actually quite on-center and accurate.

cºzen (Cozen), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:25 (eighteen years ago) link

last time the played the knit, (not the show a couple of weeks ago), they were amazing.

and yes, the frontwoman is the talent in the band obviously. when she just grabbed the sax and started blowing, i was wowed.

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:36 (eighteen years ago) link

and yes, tim, they were the headliners. the room was full, sold out even?

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:37 (eighteen years ago) link

That's cool.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:38 (eighteen years ago) link

when she grabbed the sax and started blowing i immediately pictured her in band class playing the clarinet, but then again i think i'm just a h8r.

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:43 (eighteen years ago) link

It's a shame that the best song on The Power Out is the rather unexemplary "The Valleys", which is nothing like the rest of the album but is one of my fave tracks of the year.

dog latin (dog latin), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:50 (eighteen years ago) link

Yes, The Valleys is god.

Melissa W (Melissa W), Friday, 24 September 2004 04:17 (eighteen years ago) link

I'm kinda over postrock really

Andrew Blood Thames (Andrew Thames), Friday, 24 September 2004 05:03 (eighteen years ago) link

Yanc3y hits the bullsey back there. I've seen them on four or five occassions, and they've been terminally ungreat each and every time.

NickB (NickB), Friday, 24 September 2004 07:40 (eighteen years ago) link

Oops, bullseye. Aye, aye.

NickB (NickB), Friday, 24 September 2004 07:40 (eighteen years ago) link

I'd go for 'Only One Thing Is Needed' as the track to download: it's the best one to dance to, and the moment when the sax comes in is pretty awesome.

Flyboy (Flyboy), Friday, 24 September 2004 08:16 (eighteen years ago) link

"The Valleys" is the best song of the year so far. :) And yeah, I hate the drummer, too.

Salvador Saca (Mr. Xolotl), Friday, 24 September 2004 18:46 (eighteen years ago) link

So the L.A. Weekly has a review of their recent show at Spaceland with the Ex and The Mae Shi, and it says that the bassist of Electralene "collapsed" onstage, cutting their set short at 4 or 5 songs. The writer doesn't really elaborate, except to guess that it was some kind of exhaustion. Does anyone know anything else?!

Taxi Dancing in the Soft Prison (Ben Boyer), Friday, 24 September 2004 19:05 (eighteen years ago) link

And, on a separate, more selfish note - does anyone have an MP3 of Ted Leo doing "Dancing in the Dark" referenced above? I saw it live and was floored. I was praying it would be on that Balgeary stopgap E.P., but he put on the Jam cover instead...

Taxi Dancing in the Soft Prison (Ben Boyer), Friday, 24 September 2004 19:05 (eighteen years ago) link

so special

kraudive, Saturday, 16 March 2013 22:09 (ten years ago) link

I've been rediscovering electrelane lately too. Axes is incredible

pssstttt, Hey you (dog latin), Sunday, 17 March 2013 04:05 (ten years ago) link


your fretless ways (Eazy), Sunday, 17 March 2013 04:55 (ten years ago) link

My favourite 00s rock band!

time turns all men into pies (flamboyant goon tie included), Sunday, 17 March 2013 15:01 (ten years ago) link

So good. They reunited a few years back but never made it North America which made me very sad. I saw them twice back in the day, but I didn't realize how much would be lost.

I'm gonna put on Axes too!

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Sunday, 17 March 2013 22:23 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

I have been falling in love with this band over the last few months. I listened to No Shouts around three years ago and didn't think much of it. Earlier this year I heard The Valleys and was blown away so I gave The Power Out a shot, I clicked with that album straight away. I decided to give No Shouts No Calls another go and of course I loved it the whole way through. I have Axes ready to go but I know it's supposed to a bit more hard work, excited to hear it though. I feel like I'm discovering a new favourite band!

Kitchen Person, Monday, 13 May 2013 10:27 (ten years ago) link

Axes was aces, I should investigate the rest of it

Beatrix Kiddo (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 13 May 2013 10:50 (ten years ago) link

one of my favorite bands of the 00s. rock it to the moon always slips through the cracks, but i love that too.

controversial vegan pregnancy (contenderizer), Monday, 13 May 2013 15:46 (ten years ago) link

five years pass...

so many bad bands reform but not electrelane hmph

||||||||, Saturday, 19 January 2019 23:39 (four years ago) link

Oh you. I had a hope there.

kraudive, Saturday, 19 January 2019 23:40 (four years ago) link

I guess they kind of did? but yeah the world could use four more Electrelane albums ty

flamboyant goon tie included, Sunday, 20 January 2019 16:10 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

The band are doing a Zoom chat on Facebook have just announced they're hopefully going to make a new album in the near future!

kitchen person, Sunday, 19 April 2020 20:15 (three years ago) link

fuck yes, amazing!

devvvine, Sunday, 19 April 2020 20:32 (three years ago) link

Ah, they're all so cool. They were talking about how it was amazing playing with Broadcast in 2004 and how much they miss Trish.

They all seemed to agree that Axes is their best album and Bells is the song their happiest with from their back catalogue. Apparently their label won't reissue Axes on vinyl because nobody would be interested.

kitchen person, Sunday, 19 April 2020 21:01 (three years ago) link

several members of an unopopular music messageboard would certainly be interested

devvvine, Sunday, 19 April 2020 21:25 (three years ago) link


k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Sunday, 19 April 2020 21:49 (three years ago) link

I only got in to them after they broke up. Would love to see them.

dan selzer, Sunday, 19 April 2020 21:55 (three years ago) link

same here

devvvine, Sunday, 19 April 2020 21:59 (three years ago) link

"They all seemed to agree that Axes is their best album"

well duh

when I come out, can you introduce me as Jagger (imago), Sunday, 19 April 2020 22:21 (three years ago) link

and yeah me too

when I come out, can you introduce me as Jagger (imago), Sunday, 19 April 2020 22:21 (three years ago) link

that such a given? I think I like the last one the most.

dan selzer, Sunday, 19 April 2020 23:41 (three years ago) link

great covers live as well...Smalltown Boy, I'm On Fire, The Partisan.

dan selzer, Sunday, 19 April 2020 23:41 (three years ago) link

Had this amazing long cross country run streaming The Power Out, and only at the end did I realize it was being shuffled. I wish I could get that sequencing back. Still, it made it my fav.

Julius Caesar Memento Hoodie (bendy), Monday, 20 April 2020 00:53 (three years ago) link

I only discovered them recently when someone put No Shouts No Calls as their favorite of the 2000s in the ILM decade poll.

o. nate, Monday, 20 April 2020 01:25 (three years ago) link

that such a given? I think I like the last one the most.

― dan selzer

Yeah, that's my favourite too followed by The Power Out.

kitchen person, Monday, 20 April 2020 01:42 (three years ago) link

when I found this...I couldn't believe it existed.


dan selzer, Monday, 20 April 2020 02:39 (three years ago) link

an amazing song that brings me to tears every time

Nudeln und Klopapier Gore (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 20 April 2020 03:15 (three years ago) link

'No Shouts, No Calls' is also my fave. Thanks for the reminder!

cooldix, Monday, 20 April 2020 04:55 (three years ago) link

great news!!

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Monday, 20 April 2020 05:03 (three years ago) link

q+a is here: https://www.facebook.com/electrelane/videos/2919873061382225/

devvvine, Monday, 20 April 2020 07:56 (three years ago) link

Just put on "The Greater Times"

Just wow

kraudive, Monday, 20 April 2020 08:44 (three years ago) link

one year passes...


willem, Saturday, 13 November 2021 22:53 (one year ago) link

oh wow

bovarism, Saturday, 13 November 2021 22:56 (one year ago) link


mookieproof, Saturday, 13 November 2021 22:57 (one year ago) link

They’ve been hinting at this for a while now but really cool to see how many people are excited on the socials.

dan selzer, Saturday, 13 November 2021 23:17 (one year ago) link

hell yeah

JoeStork, Sunday, 14 November 2021 00:04 (one year ago) link


Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 14 November 2021 01:44 (one year ago) link


plax (ico), Sunday, 14 November 2021 17:26 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

I only just saw that they're getting back together (after they popped up in my Pandora), and they're a band that I am willing to get COVID for (if they're even considering a tour).

we talkin bout praxis (Leee), Monday, 22 August 2022 21:39 (nine months ago) link

I’d love to see them live!

The Triumphant Return of Bernard & Stubbs (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 22 August 2022 22:11 (nine months ago) link

seven months pass...

yo, i just discovered this band! they are so great!

budo jeru, Sunday, 9 April 2023 03:13 (one month ago) link


mookieproof, Sunday, 9 April 2023 03:30 (one month ago) link

Power Out and No Calls have aged very well. They seem more distinctive, even more in their own little sound world, than in the 00s

Terrycoth Baphomet (bendy), Sunday, 9 April 2023 03:51 (one month ago) link

Axes as well!

underwater as a compliment (Eazy), Sunday, 9 April 2023 03:56 (one month ago) link

this show is so great...


Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 9 April 2023 09:11 (one month ago) link

Haven’t seen anything more about the reunion but Verity Susman has a new band Memorials that’s releasing a double album and touring the UK this spring.

JoeStork, Sunday, 9 April 2023 14:27 (one month ago) link

With Matt from Wire.

dan selzer, Sunday, 9 April 2023 16:02 (one month ago) link

lol that Susman's website link to her band actually leads to memorials (dot) com, to buy funeral related items.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 11 April 2023 19:12 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

Pretty into the Memorials albums on first listen!

JoeStork, Monday, 22 May 2023 16:12 (one week ago) link

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