The Big Pink
- Claire Sawers
- 2 April 2009
Milo Cordell and Robbie Furze have come a long way since their days of running club nights in a disused horse hospital in Islington. ‘We were both really into industrial noise,’ says Cordell. ‘Just noise. Like kkkssshhh. Kkkrrr. Distorted noise. For hours,’ he laughs. ‘We’d get all these freaks coming in, like something out The Matrix with long leather coats. Everyone just stood about rocking and drinking cider.’
The friends went their separate ways – Cordell set up indie label Merok, introducing the world to the glassy, dirty disco, electro pop-noise of Crystal Castles, Telepathe and Metronomy – while Furze toured with his hardcore metal band, Panic DHH. And now they’re back with a love song.
‘Back then we were into making the most confrontational noise possible,’ explains Cordell. ‘Now essentially all our songs are love songs. We like to celebrate everything. Even love lost. We write about feelings – even the bad ones. Whether we’re happy, or we miss them, or we fucking hate them, we’re trying to cover all angles.’
‘Velvet’, their first single on 4AD (not Merok; partly because Cordell didn’t want his band to be seen as a ‘vanity project’), is a moody, deadpan slice of epic pop, with scuzzy guitars building a wall of noise over dark electronic beats, a bit like a shoegazy, spacey mix of Depeche Mode and MBV. Like last year’s debut, ‘Too Young To Love’, a dreamy, droney digital haze, they give a promising taste of what’s to come from their album, planned for September.
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