Fat White Family are the greatest young rock band in the UK and this probably extends to the rest of the world as well. On December 10th 2013 they rattled the walls of the legendary 100 Club, thus aligning themselves with the numerous legends who have trod the very same stage. The band summoned up the feral electric skronk blues of The Magic Band and The Birthday Party, the proto-punk pummelling of The Monks and The Modern Lovers and the twisted folk of Charles Manson and The Country Teasers. And as singer Lias Saoudi, clad in nothing but a pair of back to front, skin tight rubber trousers, was carried at head height off stage by a crowd of howling devotees, it was clear that something special had just happened.
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Los Angeles' Wartime Recitals emerged from a love of pop melodies, large arrangements, and a desire to play their instruments very loudly. Their debut "Hold Your Velocity" EP was a wall-of-sound indie-pop effort which, to much of the band's delight, was well-received in the local scene. The sextet's follow-up release is a self-titled 6-track EP that showcases the group's diversity in rhythm, textures, and colorful chords. Though the group does have glockenspiel parts, they would like to note that all comparisons to other glockenspiel-related bands are probably wrong. And that's okay.