Uniform Motion, USA Nails and The Little Unsaid make up an eclectic selection for U in our new music A-Z.
Strictly speaking, Uniform Motion shouldn’t be eligible for our list because they’re based in Toulouse, but we really like them and there isn’t an external judging panel here – I make the rules, and they’re going in! This is a project by Renaud Forestié, Olivier Piotte and Andy Richards, who sings and plays guitar.
They were initially set up to combine comics and music – experiments have included bringing blank merch to gigs and drawing on it at the fans’ bequest, which is a lovely idea.
The music’s not bad either, delicate acoustic song-writing that showcases Richards’ beautiful voice. Again, this is a band that fit in with the Clowdy ethos of experimentation and collaboration – we definitely approve.
The Little Unsaid
The Little Unsaid is a project from talented multi-instrumentalist and writer John Elliot, who fits with the Clowdy ethos by working across a number of different mediums, This is evident in his recent EP, A Filthy Hunger, which was released alongside a book of Elliot’s poetry. You might expect someone with so many interests to spread themselves thin, but on the evidence of this record the music doesn’t suffer from his various other interests.
Most striking, though, are Elliot’s dense, complex lyrics, which recall the Fence Records stable as well as the recent releases from Paolo Nutini (they’re really good, honestly!) and, more obscurely, near-forgotten Northern Irish songwriter Andy White. Fans of intelligent writing i nany medium should give it a spin.
Follow him on Twitter here.
Googling USA Nails brings up a beauty salon in Stockport; I am not sure if this is where the band got their name, but I like to think so. This is Proper Music – to be played really loud, or preferably seen live, somewhere small and sweaty. USA NAils feature members from Mayors of Mirzaki, Death Pedals, Silent Front and other relatively-well-known bands on the DIY punk scene, but they’re a far cry from the Travelling Willburrys.
Guttural, driving punk-rock held together by an impressive frontman – if you need something loud to wake you up in the morning, this is where to go. For fans for intelligent but intense rock music; think Future of the Left.
Just played three great gigs. My liver is throbbing.
— USA NAILS, THE BAND (@USA_NAILS_band) May 7, 2014