Wednesday, January 24, 2007

i've seen your band, i hate your band...

If you are a regular reader of this blog, it is more than clear that I am a huge Libertines/Pete Doherty fan... and yes, that includes Babyshambles and Dirty Pretty Things. I am constantly looking for Libertines influenced bands... searching through MySpace, NME, Drowned In Sound,, etc. almost everyday to look for that Libertines sound. Last week, I came across a band from Sheffield, England called Little Man Tate. Although not even close to the fantasticness of The Libertines, Little Man Tate is without a doubt, a Libertines influenced band. Their new record, About What You Know has a similar carefree and witty style as The Libertines. Unlike many want-to-be Libertines sounding records, About What You Know does not become boring or repetitive. In fact, it features more than a handful of extremely memorable songs. If you feel like listening to a fine Brit-rock album, make sure you check out About What You Know, you will not be disappointed!

Man I Hate Your Band [wicked-cool song]
Sexy In Latin [wicked-cool song]
This Must Be Love [super-wicked-cool song]
Who Invented These Lists
Court Report
[wicked-cool song]
Little Big Man
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About What You Know comes out on January 27, you can pre-order it here


Anonymous said...

umm, seeing as libertiens are just a rip-off of old british rock, have been around for, what, 2 records, isn't it impossible for a band to be "influenced" by the libertines? Ps, pete doherty sucks, and the libertines are worse.

Jackman said...

Yes, I do agree that The Libertines borrowed elements from older British rock and punk, but the two albums they had are definitely influential... a band don’t need to have a whole catalogue of records to become an influence. Pete Doherty is one of the best songwriters of this generation and The Libertines are one of the best bands in the last decade.

Robin said...

Although i'm not the biggest Libertines fan in the world, i would disagree with the statement that they are just a rip-off of old British rock, but “influenced” and “inspired by” might be a better choice of words. I agree with Jackman in that i think that sometimes what a band can do in 1 or 2 albums can be much more important in influencing and progressing musical styles of bands to come than some bands/artists can't even do with several albums. often bands who produce many many albums are under pressure from record labels to produce "popular" albums that sell lots of copies and make those labels tons of money (Whether they/the bands themselves realize it or not is another question!). These albums then often come out sounding repetitive and boring after a while (cookie cutter success).. i think that sometimes the most influential bands are those who only put out 1 or 2 albums that contain significant substance to warrant being called "influential" but unfortunately don't always get the backing of major label success that enables them to become multi-million album selling artists. The aforementioned bands often end up breaking off into other bands and side projects and work with other people and projects and are able to expand the realm of their work and their art.