Our job at The Maker, the way I saw it anyway, was to break new music. There was no MySpace (the internet was only on the production editor’s machine for some odd reason), so we we had to get out there, every night, looking for bands. Sure, we had a mountain of post each day and the phones never stopped ringing, that all helped me fill the review pages, but what got me out of bed in the mornings was the discovery bit.
I found a few, and tried my damnedest to make them as famous as they all deserved to be. Of them all though, my absolute, total, complete favourites were The Lo-Fidelity Allstars. One of the finest live bands I’ve ever seen, some of the nicest people I’ve met.
I’ve often wondered what became of them.
Meet Technically Men. It’s unmistakably Lo-fis – the corking, dark beats, the beaming melodies, and Phil’s instantly recognisable Leeds drawl. I love the new-found fury, listen to ‘The Questions’ on their MySpace for example.
It is all utterly magnificent stuff. Thanks to James T for pointing me in the right direction. Good to hear your ears are still working despite the cold.
I’ve got some good memories of time spent with the Lo-fis. I first met Phil for a feature on the Camden Crawl in 1997 or thereabouts. Along for the ride were Barry Dub Pistols Ashworth, Symposium and Louis Warm Jet. We slogged round a few venues, saw some awful bands, drank a lot and managed to cop Louis Warm Jet off with Zoe Ball. Evenings out in Camden didn’t get any less odd from there on in really.
I also feel slightly guilty that I hastened the departure of original singer, Dave Randall (or The Wrekked Train as he proved to be quite literally) with a typical Maker feature where I asked him a load of questions like would run naked down the street for £50 and so on. He hated every second.
Still, if I hadn’t would we still have arrived at Technically Men? I probably did them a favour in the long run.
- The MySpace, natch for more corking tunes, esp ‘Netto Getto, and the aforementioned rant, ‘The Questions’.
- There’s a single out at the moment, perhaps on Play Louder, called ‘Big Man’ which is, of course, brilliant. Buy it now here, three tracks for £1.50.
- There also appears to be an album which needs investigating…