I caught this band on 'Late Night With David Letterman' show recently, and at first didn't know quite what to think. Shoegazer synth-pop backing band with a bonkers Stanley Kowalski look-alike singer crooning away, beating his chest, punching the air, doing the same nerdy dancing that I used to do as a lad.
Damnedest thing was that after just one listen to "Seasons (Waiting On You)", the tune embedded in my noggin', and I couldn't get to sleep for hours...
"People change, But you know that some people never do."
When people change, they gain a peace, but they lose one too.
I've been waiting on you....I've been hanging on you."
Since then I've watched/listened to the YouTube clip dozens of times (along with 1,000,000+ other folk), and despite the weirdness... it's a mesmerizing performance, and I sheepishly have to admit that I love It. Kind of a 80's synth-pop throwback, Peter Hook-ish melodic bass-lines, OMD/Spandau Ballet synthscapes, but with a "real" drummer. Vocally, I hear some similarity to Roland Gift from Fine Young Cannibals, except when he drops in a scary Tom Waits growl @ 3:08. Or is that the Cookie Monster... or Death Metal?
There's something endearing about lead-singer Samuel T Herring. He's an odd performer, but his passion, conviction and honesty connects with this old fart. Have a listen to his interviews and you'll see that contrary to his eccentric on-stage persona, he's actually a sincere, down to earth fellow…
The new album is titled 'SINGLES' on 4AD Records.