Monday, March 05, 2007

Trying to understand it all just makes your head hurt...

I have a bit of sweet tooth. I like to ladle cream onto puddings that are sweet enough already. I can’t manage my coffee without two spoonfuls. And don’t even get me started thinking about jelly beans…

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t always indulge it (how else do you think I maintain this svelte figure?).

But I’ll just get on with the link, eh? The analogy I am trying to suggest is that this is also born out in parts of my record collection, particularly in my reggae section. I love dub records, the wackier and sicklier the better. I love all that King Tubby and Mikey Dread queasiness. Can’t get enough of it. I like a good dose of unhealthy psychedelia too (ever noticed how many of the great psychedelic bands have sugary names? Prunes, strawberries, chocolates – not many crisp flavours there…)


Flotation Toy Warning

Anyway, I came across this band on Myspace yesterday, and immediately started thinking in these terms, although you'd immediately think Mercury Rev or Grandaddy, rather than Freedom Sounds. Flotation Toy Warning are another London band, but they sound pretty American to me, all operatic chords, kooky loops and lush dramatic vision.

You get a better idea if you look at the bands line up, as listed on the Pointy Records website:

Paul Carter - vocals, domingotron; Ben Clay – Guitars and Bass; Nainesh Shah – guitars and slides; Colin Coxall - drums, octopad; Vicky West - keyboards, samples, vocals, buttons & dials

Damn! I knew I should have kept going to my domingtron class!

It’s all pretty giddy stuff really and the “biog” section of their website is also rather disorientating too, relying as it does on an elaborate story about eighteenth century polar explorers and nuclear experiments. I suspect there may have been some artistic licence exercised somewhere.

But that’s OK; the music is a bit like that, too. To be honest it’s best not to worry about it all really. There are times when you don’t want to dance or think, you just want to curl up on the sofa with your quilt, toss jelly beans in the air and catch them like a dog…

Losing Carolina for Drusky


Popstar Researching Oblivion





Flotation Toy Warning's (as yet) only album Bluffer's Guide to the Flight Deck is available on Emusic...

5 comments:

james henry said...

Weird - I love this band, but always had them filed alongside The National, Mercury Rev and so on, never occured to me they might be from my own country..

Gorilla Bananas said...

There are times when you don’t want to dance or think, you just want to curl up on the sofa with your quilt, toss jelly beans in the air and catch them like a dog.

I know the feeling. I lie down in my hammock and toss live insects into my mouth.

Anonymous said...

I have the Flotation Toy Warning album and I think it is wonderful. I wish they'd release another one.

Anonymous said...

Just to say that the official name of the portuguese band is: BAR.

If you would like to receive more information about the band, you can just contact all members in:

www.myspace.com/baraberto
www.baraberto.hi5.com
www.sellaband.com/bar
www.gsessions.com/bar
www.purevolume.com/baraberto

e.mail: maildosbar@gmail.com

Thank you for supporting our music!

BAR

Sweeny said...

Sorry about that, I was a little confused!

Will have a look at your sites...