Lame Deer – Cheap Hollywood single
If you’re a fan of post rock and shoegaze, have you ever considered mixing music of several bands in those two genres together? Of course, it’s not a new idea at all, but what else can you think of when hearing a new band and realizing they’ve actually achieved the result of such a mixture? And it doesn’t matter much whether you’re a fan of My Bloody Valentine, Joy Division and old school music in general, or not. You shouldn’t be absolutely ignorant to it anyway. And while most of us are waiting for Interpol and, say, Film School to record a new album, some musicians out there come together and get straight to work.
Everything is yet just starting for Lame Deer, but one thing we can be sure of already: old school music really influenced them a lot, despite the fact that when I listened to their new single, Cheap Hollywood, its first notes immediately reminded me of Interpol. And once the vocals started I found myself confusing them with Film School and I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness. And many have already spoken about the influence of those two bands. Everything goes with its right order.
Not so long ago Lame Deer were known as Jaguar Shark, if my information is correct, and as we see they tried not to get far from the main animal theme when choosing a band name, but it’s considerably better this way. Jaguar Shark was also the name of band’s first EP featuring four tracks. It’s after you’ve listened to the EP that you understand that the band added some elements of noise pop to somehow spice up their sound: monotonous post punk or soft and a bit distorted shoegaze are mixed with noisy guitars and quick rhythms, making the songs feel saturated and differing them from each other. Having all of these in mind, can we say that they’re playing pop gaze of a sort?
Band’s all songs available on the Internet were released quite recently. Jaguar Shark came out in April, and the new single, Cheap Hollywood, was out in May. The single can be streamed and downloaded from band’s official website, and that’s where you may also find their music videos. You can stream the EP in its entirety at Bandcamp. Currently the band is busy touring. For example, they were last seen at The Great Escape festival in Brighton on May 11, and will later be playing shows in June. To be aware of their shows, simply follow their activity on Facebook.