"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

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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.

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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.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQOfS-x6mqc

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAvWmDP-Xtk

boxedjoy, Saturday, 30 January 2021 09:59 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQQr4t72aVg

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

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

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

I really missed a trick there eh

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

two months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12GveMzGUSg

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 (seven 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 (seven months ago) link

five months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Du8HPKqHZcI

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 16:09 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

I love this group

brimstead, Sunday, 31 October 2021 16:07 (one month ago) link

going to see them live tonight after it was postponed three (!) times and I am too excited

boxedjoy, Friday, 5 November 2021 10:55 (four weeks ago) link

Ever since discovering this group, I've become more and more obsessed with them

talkin' about his flat tire (DJP), Friday, 5 November 2021 13:29 (four weeks ago) link

these guys are wonderful.

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Friday, 5 November 2021 14:47 (four weeks ago) link

"late arcades" is just >>>>>>

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Friday, 5 November 2021 14:53 (four weeks ago) link

okay late arcades is outstanding

Tracer Hand, Friday, 5 November 2021 15:05 (four weeks ago) link

why didn’t anybody tell me about this band???

Tracer Hand, Friday, 5 November 2021 15:05 (four weeks ago) link

i found out about them in the 2020 ilx top tracks rollout i think? they were like 52 or something

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Friday, 5 November 2021 16:39 (four weeks ago) link

this album has the potential to rule my winter if it comes out soon ish.

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Friday, 5 November 2021 16:41 (four weeks ago) link

also i need the "bliss to be alive" shirt

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Friday, 5 November 2021 16:42 (four weeks ago) link

the sweetest thing I’ve ever known

brimstead, Friday, 5 November 2021 17:26 (four weeks ago) link

"since i" is a freaking anthem

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Friday, 5 November 2021 19:51 (four weeks ago) link

It’s about late-night people living in a world that doesn’t want them. It’s about ecstatic taxi rides, drawn curtains, Bluetooth speakers and the sudden pull of strangers. It’s about burying yourself in words and warm bodies in an endless search for the right ones. It was ushered into the world by our friend Tom Watson and finished off by us, with the help of Tom Demac. It’s the next song from our new album and it’s for all of you.
lyrics
They tore the tongue from the town
Had the nerve to shed tears for the underground
Still need somewhere to come up now the club’s shut down
Aha, ha!
My heart lifts off the backseat, joins the bedtime birds
Numbers rule my life but I’m a man of words
But round her it surges like I can’t describe
Sin, sin, since I

Since I heard your name
I’ve been coming alive
The lines of your fingers
Can we head to mine?
Since I

Sin, sin, since I
Left you late
At Sunday light

It’s a city changing
A shadow play of what it was

It’s a different type of hedonist that wears the crown
Rave echoes are the currency in shutdown town
A sadlad reminiscence with the SoundCloud out
Aha, ha
I’m a caller you can count on in the fading light
I’m a counter you can call on in the dead of night
Young yearning, burning earnings
When the time is right
Since I

Sin, sin, since I

The roads are on surge but the urge has spoken
As one door shuts, another opens
Least till tomorrow when the spell is broken
Aha, ha…

If I were you, I’d forget about that day
Memory fades when you’ve let yourself down
Promises made in a cab, they fade
Well, where are the people who care for you now?
Summer sensoria, unite the euphoria
Get back on the chase and you’ll never come down
Daylight deceit makes you feel complete
Well, this is for someone who never slows down…

Since I

The sight of your shoulders
Laid by my side
Sin, sin, since I

We dreamt a dream of this town
In between the offie and the eider down
Can you hack another bag if you’re coming round?
Aha, ha!
Can you hear that banging bassline through your bedroom wall?
You shut down our clubs then six of us moved in next door
Least you can tell me now how you sleep at night
Sin, sin, since I

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Friday, 5 November 2021 19:53 (four weeks ago) link

going to see them live tonight after it was postponed three (!) times and I am too excited

how were they? I see they're playing here in a couple of days.

toby, Monday, 8 November 2021 13:27 (three weeks ago) link

I wouldn't want to spoil it but yes you should definitely go see them, they were excellent, the performance was full of surprises and everything was suitably banging, I think the next album is going to be the Saint Etienne/Burial/East 17 hybrid of my dreams based on the new material

boxedjoy, Monday, 8 November 2021 17:59 (three weeks ago) link

fuck this stuff is good

adam, Monday, 8 November 2021 18:47 (three weeks ago) link

It’s about late-night people living in a world that doesn’t want them. It’s about ecstatic taxi rides, drawn curtains, Bluetooth speakers and the sudden pull of strangers. It’s about burying yourself in words and warm bodies in an endless search for the right ones.

this is otm but also describes every Real Lies song?

Both "Since I" are "Your Guiding Hand" are fantastic.

Tim F, Monday, 8 November 2021 23:43 (three weeks ago) link


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