The Desperate Bicycles
April 5, 2010 § Leave a comment
So thanks can be given to Julian for this discovery, or, well, introducing me to them. Late-70s English punk band, The Desperate Bicycles were DIY to the nth degree. Their first single was recorded in 3 hours on only a couple hundred quid and a couple practices. Their guitars sound tinny coming out of cardboard amplifiers, the drums sound like a toy kit and the bass is loud and flubby, but you know, it works. The singer’s voice at times reminds me of rawer versions of Damon Albarn and Gruff Rhys, with someone else I can’t quite pinpoint yet. The lyrics are clever and to the point. In a word, it’s awesome. Because their releases were so small, finding their stuff is fairly difficult, but someone was kind enough to post MP3s of their releases here.
Quick links to my favourites.