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Topic-icon The New House. British Anthems. Tokyo. 06.12.09

average_cabbage created the topic: The New House. British Anthems. Tokyo. 06.12.09

08 Dec 2009 21:34

The set up is familiar; five young, handsome, well -dressed (thanks to the unanimous fashion school background) indie boys take to the stage. This story is nothing new in Japan, or anywhere else in the civilised world for that matter. The question is, can The New House deliver more than the standard, local band rock n roll?

In short the answer is yes, but then this article would be fairly dull, so I give you the long.

The set opens with the energetic and anthemic “Pale Boy”. A song from the archives of The New House library, it is given a fresh kick by the newest addition to the band, guitarist Yu. An accomplished player, he energetically shimmies across the stage whilst delivering raw and feedback-ridden riffs.

Meanwhile singer and writer Yuta uses his calypso-influenced vocals to pound out lyrics about lost youth and a lost generation. The band are in good company with this technique, alongside the likes of The Shins, Belle and Sebastian and Camera Obscura, they juxtapose ideas about isolation and apathy with tight and cheerful pop music.

The set continues in this style: energetic melodies encased in a screechy , raw aura. The front trio, bassist Moro, vocalist Yuta and guitarist Yu create a captivating energy. There is a sense of competition about who can draw the most attention. Moro probably wins as he simultaneously plays the bass and manically thrashes the cowbell. He eventually loses his stick to the audience, which their manager hurriedly retrieves (they work on a tight budget)

The tribal-eqsue “Path to Freedom” signals the transition between the album tracks and the new experimental and folkish “See Children” and the yet unnamed new sampler track. Whilst Yuta screams tyrannically into the microphone, and twists the sampled flute sounds out of the machine, drummer Seiya, like the wise and serious Indian chief, pounds rhythmically on the kit.

Whilst these new songs alone are enticing and psychedelic, the set loses something here. There is such a stark contrast between the album tracks and the new sound, the audience are left feeling confused. There seems to be some question as to if they should be bopping around in a melody fuelled rebellion, or sitting in a field in a hemp jumper contemplating the nature of the daisy ,dazed, circa U.F.O club 1965.

It is possible that in this situation, where time is sparse and the audience eclectic, that the band would benefit from mixing the set more, and not having such a clear divide.

For ones so young, they deliver to the British Anthem’s audience an innovative and original performance. So many bands of this age simply plough through the same indie drivel about going to the pub and (post) teenage angst.

For The New House, whilst good, the lyrical content is not of primary importance. Rather the rejection of that which is main comes in the form of a Vietnamese flute, a tambourine and a cowbell (and the sampler of course).

This British Anthems show captures their vivaciousness and creativity, and ensures they are a band to be watched in the coming months.


Album “Want Alone But Help Me” out now.


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