Monday, September 08, 2008

The Wayback Machine

Time trippers! Welcome to the machine! Take your protein pills and put your helmet on...

We've a pair of Temponauts today: hailing from Manchester, UK, *and* Southern California-and raising a ruckus at all points in between, Joe & Luke McGarry of Pop Noir!

I like their style and here's what a couple of others have said about 'em:

"Teenage Reid baby brothers Pop Noir have that transatlantic lag that comes from too much astral travel between Manchester and New York City in the year 1979 (on Trans World Astral, probably) but from afar I have watched them hustle and learn to not rip off Joy Division so much. Now they are in the dance-punk DMZ—we’ve all lost friends there—but if they nudge in any direction except cool/fool/school haircut pop this is gonna work out admirably...."
-Chris Ziegler, OC Weekly

"Pop Noir were on a path toward musical excellence since birth. Born in Manchester, England – birthplace of Oasis and Badly Drawn Boy among others – and reared in Southern California – whose musical exports are too numerous to count – the McGarry twins’ music is equal parts rain-soaked industrial wasteland and sun-drenched oasis. In Pop Noir, brothers Joe and Luke are joined by Chilean drummer Nico Saavedra to complete the cross-continental triumvirate[....] Pop Noir are the twenty-first century’s answer to the mods of the late 1960s... Vespas not included."
-The Key Club, Ruby Tuesday Residency

So, where might these Twin Mortal Coil's o' Cool wanna' go?

You've been given a one-time opportunity to use The Wayback Machine; what band would you like to see, in what year, and what song would you most want to see them play?

Joe & Luke: We'd like to go back and watch Elvis perform circa '56, before he signed to RCA. With greased-back hair, mascara, a pink jacket, and moving the way he did, he must have looked like he'd come from another planet! And then on our way back to the present, I think we'd stop in '65 and see Bob Dylan go electric, just to see how many people were actually booing and how many were really cheering...

Indeed! Catch the Pop Noir experience at a venue near you. Thanks Joe & Luke!


sr-71 said...

that Joe Boyd autobio has some great stuff about the Dylan electric ruckus, along with lotsa other wonderful tidbits about the floyd and others

Cliff said...

Sign me up for the 'Pelvis' trip, however, I'm staying onboard whilst the bros. McGarry go to see his 'Bobness;' acoustic or electric makes no difference to me can't stand him (mind you love what The Byrds did with his songs, difference is they could sing!)

Have to say the bass in Pop Noir's - DIY is most definitely where it's at man.