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We love… Admiral Fallow

My big discovery from this year’s SXSW was Scottish band Admiral Fallow. Here they are with their first official video, for the song “Squealing Pigs” off their self-titled debut album:

It’s a great song, and one of the standouts on the album, but not my favorite. Just at the moment, I’m kind of stuck on the opening track “Dead Against Smoking” – literally, as I’m listening to it on repeat rather than letting the whole album play out. (You can listen, too – here.)  It starts out sweetly, with a clarinet in a minor key, then flutes and a gently strummed acoustic guitar. The sweet sound is mirrored in the opening lyrics: “You sleep like a kid / with one hand stuck fast to the side of your face. / Your backside in the air / mouth half open, but still filled with grace.”

Then the rest of the band comes in, and the song opens out and becomes something else – a man singing to his lover, about their fights and her refusal to quit smoking, and this strange, haunting chorus: “You’re like gasoline. / You’re like the willow tree. / You’re like a split-screen. / But you’re the green in me.” [full lyrics below the fold]

It’s a strange, lovely song, from a strange and lovely album. There’s not a bad track on it, I think. After that relatively subdued opening, it definitely kicks it up a notch with the song from the video, “Squealing Pigs” – but their folksiness, whimsey and intelligence stay in evidence all the way through.

Admiral Fallow seems to be on tour in the UK just now, based on the Twitter posts.  Hopefully we’ll see them back in the States soon.

For more on this great new band…

Jam of the Day | Admiral Fallow – Squealing Pigs
Admiral Fallow is a beeping awesome new band from the UK that is causing quite a stir in the land of the Scots. The band is fueled by young, foot-stomping and faintly maniacal singer/songwriter, Louis Abbott, who attributes his influences to the likes of Tom Waits, Elbow, Low and Mr. Springsteen himself.
(via Speakers in Code.)

Edinburgh Festival Gigs: Admiral Fallow @ Sneaky Pete’s 2010/08/11.
These guys are up-n-coming indie rock from Glasgow. Whimsical and fun, thoughtful and emotional, but not dreary and wrist-slitty like so much of this genre can be.
(via scotunes.)

And of course check out the band’s site as well.

Admiral Fallow, “Dead Against Smoking”

You sleep like a kid with one hand stuck fast to the side of your face.
Backside in the air, mouth half open, but still filled with grace.

And you seem so happy as your skin turns the colour of a violent golden sky.
And it cuts me up when we fight and go to bed
facing opposite sides.

You’re like gasoline.
You’re like the willow tree.
You’re like a split-screen.
But you’re the green in me.

And you smoke when you’re hurt or bored or out with friends, but I don’t mind.
And who cares if the big ‘C’ comes? We’re young, we’re having some lovely times.

And you frown as the clouds bring you down, drop to your knees, scream “Oh, my God.”
But you really shouldn’t bother, there’s bigger things going on, you little sod, you little sod.

You’re like gasoline.
You’re like the willow tree.
You’re like a split-screen.
And you’re the green in me.

You’re like gasoline.
You’re like the willow tree.
You’re like a split-screen.
But you’re the green in me.

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  1. […] Fallow’s soon to be released sophomore effort, Tree Bursts in Snow, the much-anticipated (by me at least) follow-up to their debut, Boots Met My […]

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.


What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.



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