Every so often you come across a song that for whatever reason just grabs you. Flipping through the tele this morning I stopped on The Cool TV (30.2 in St. Louis) upon hearing a song by a young band from the U.K., Viva Brother.
The début album by the band, aptly titled Famous First Words (Geffen, 2011), hit stores here in the States in early August with the first single "Darling Buds of May." Produced by Stephen Street (Blur, The Smiths, The Cranberries) the album reflects the bands obvious love for '80s and '90s British pop/rock and getting the man who worked on some of their favorite albums was a coup for sure.
Hailing from Slough, a working class industrial suburb west of London and just north of Windsor Castle, the band calls their sound 'Gritpop' and first came to the states in the spring. Making their U.S. television début on the Late Show with David Letterman to play the lead single while making a quick pass through North America supporting an EP and still looking for a formal name. They finally settled on Viva Brother in June after being forced legally to change their name and just made another trip over the pond the past ten days or so. While the mainstream UK press or the cynical hipster music press hasn't necessarily embraced the lads and their singles aren't charting, it seems like in the U.S. music press hasn't commented one way or the other. While bad press at home may not do wonders for the ego, no press is certainly much worse.
Here's the official video for "Darling Buds of May"
What's your take? Is the UK press right or should Americans tell them to stick it in their arse. Leave a comment below. I plan to get the album and I'm going to hazard a guess it starts getting a lot of airplay on my headphones. If so, then you'll see my thoughts here.