photo by Eoin Williams
The name: Lamont/Bailey/Wall, for reasons that will soon become obvious.
The deal: Ian Lamont (guitar, keyboards, vox), James Bailey (bass guitar) and Patrick Wall (electronics, vox) have been making electronic-influenced pop for two years now, all the while keeping a low profile, apart from the odd support slot and an appearance on this Record Store Day compilation in April. Their first release hit shelves (yes, shelves!) this month, boasting some bone-rattling electronics and a couple of seriously potent hooks.
The sound: boisterous, experimental and nonchalantly funky.
Their debut release, this eponymous EP, is a kitchen sink collection of their very best hoots and clicks, featuring noodly guitars, bold electronics, sleepy vocals, dirty basslines and the odd grandiose moment. This convoluted approach doesn’t always benefit the songs, but with a little clever refining, a few of them could reach unstoppable floor filler status.
They say: “Think Bizarre Love Triangle meets Paul Simon solo, all crisp, sweet and neurotic.”
I say: Impossible name, memorable tunes.
For lovers of: LCD Soundsystem, Cut Copy, !!!
In a word: playful
What now? Nab yourself a copy of the EP on limited edition grey vinyl at Elastic Witch Dublin and help them launch it in Whelan’s on August 11. Lamont/Bailey/Wall also appear on the particularly snazzy line-up for Summer Lightning III in Temple Bar Galleries And Studios on July 28.