Friday, September 17, 2010

AA Loves: Codeine Velvet Club

In the latest rash of 1950’s/60’s inspired bands (She & Him, The Last Shadow Puppets), come Codeine Velvet Club. To be honest, I hadn’t heard of them until a few months ago so I admit that I missed the boat on this one. But in my infinite grace as the all mighty ruler of this blog, I have decided to share the wondrous joys of the music of Scottish band Codeine Velvet Club.

John Lawler of the Fratellis and Lou Hickey, infuse their music with blaring horns, strings, and the backing of a full brass band to fill out their sound. Part Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood, part James Bond, and part Last Shadow Puppets, they bring the decadence, lavishness, and moral decay of old Hollywood to life. Their fantastic sound is accompanied by an equally fantastic aesthetic sense that combines the dark luster of a vampire bordello with 1950’s swagger.

Unfortunately, just as I was really getting into them, they split apart to pursue solo careers only 9 months after the release of their first album.

Be sure to check out their lead singles “Hollywood” and “Vanity Kills.” The videos, which are half short film and half music video, are below.

No comments:

Post a Comment