2010 – What Happened To Them?

25 Dec

Merry Christmas one and all. Today, in light of the special day, we are giving you a special piece where some actual journalism may appear. This year promised much in terms of music with real artists shining through. Oh no, that’s not right – music this year was not good. But it should have been but several bands failed to appear this year when it was long overdue.

To kick off let’s take a look at Scotland’s The Dykeenies, who, when we wrote about them a few months back finally promised the second album which has been two years in the works. A raucous alternative style which won young fans across the country in 2007, The Dykeenies had potential to make big with their second LP but as 2010 draws to a close, still no sign of life. But fear not fans – a bit of research has shown that the band, despite minimal use of their websites, are still touring. They are performing with a group called The Foxes in February 2011 so perhaps there is still hope for one of the most exciting bands of recent times. Their newest release was Sounds of the City so give it a listen and hope we will get more of this.

Next up, Drive Like I Do, the most popular band in the blog’s history but they’ve been elusive as ever this year. But my research on them has been substantial and I have plenty of fresh news! Drive Like I Do – as previously stated are no more, BUT they’ve reformed under the name Big Sleep so its time to start hoping. Unfortunately there is a band called The Big Sleep which means it’s hard to find info but if you want to keep track of something official here it is. There is an album demo out which close friends of the band have so the sings are good! Otherwise enjoy the next track I’ve got hold of, Wolves. It’s good, very good, but judge for yourselves.

While we are going through the D’s, Does It Offend You Yeah? haven’t been around for two years now and I started to worry. They produced what was a musical anomaly in 2008 when they released their debut LP, You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into. It was an anomaly in the way that it was fresh, exciting and unique. To be perfectly honest, not all of it was quite to my taste as some of it was fairly loud with a little too much of an electronic influence. However stand-out tracks Dawn of the Dead and Epic Last Song meant they were certainly one of my favourite groups of the year. Keen to find out what’s happened I found that they had been keeping busy touring and an album is promised for early 2011 (called Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You). Result! Meanwhile, hidden gem, Being Bad Feels Pretty Good, a track which hits its stride come the one minute mark.

Now for the wildcard – and a chance for me to rant – it’s My Vessel. My Vessel are the spin-off group from my favourite group in existence (they no longer are unfortunately) Look See Proof. Much like The Dykeenies, Look See Proof were making waves in 2007-8 but in early 2009 the group split, leaving behind three survivors to make My Vessel. The driving force behind the new group was Jamie Randall who had only just joined Look See Proof from another great group, Linda’s Nephew. But after just two singles on their MySpace coming at the end of last year… NOTHING HAS HAPPENED. And I know that Jamie Randall is alive because I get his tweets. He enjoys telling me about his life but Lord knows what’s happened to the group. Anyway the groups are good, the old and the new so give them a listen and hope My Vessel crawl out of the hole they’ve been in. UPDATE: My Vessel have a new track up on their facebook!

Stay tuned to all the bands above, if one of them do something next year I am sure that it will be worth the wait so it’s cross fingers time!

Have a good New Year readers!

Merry Christmas one and all. Today, in light of the special day, we are giving you a special piece where some actual journalism may appear. This year promised much in terms of music with real artists shining through. Oh no, that’s not right – music this year was not good. But it should have been but several bands failed to appear this year when it was long overdue.https://canyouhearthis.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/collage.jpg?w=300

To kick off let’s take a look at Scotland’s The Dykeenies, who, when we wrote about them a few months back finally promised the second album which has been two years in the works. A raucous alternative style which won young fans across the country in 2007, The Dykeenies had potential to make big with their second LP but as 2010 draws to a close, still no sign of life. But fear not fans – a bit of research has shown that the band, despite minimal use of their websites, are still touring. They are performing with a group called The Foxes in February 2011 so perhaps there is still hope for one of the most exciting bands of recent times. Their newest release was Sounds of the City so give it a listen and hope we will get more of this.

Next up, Drive Like I Do, the most popular band in the blog’s history but they’ve been elusive as ever this year. But my research on them has been substantial and I have plenty of fresh news! Drive Like I Do – as previously stated are no more, BUT they’ve reformed under the name Big Sleep so its time to start hoping. Unfortunately there is a band called The Big Sleep which means it’s hard to find info but if you want to keep track of something official here it is. Otherwise enjoy the next track I’ve got hold of, Wolves. It’s good, very good, but judge for yourselves.

While we are going through the D’s, Does It Offend You Yeah? haven’t been around for two years now and I started to worry. They produced what was a musical anomaly in 2008 when they released their debut LP, You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into. It was an anomaly in the way that it was fresh, exciting and unique. To be perfectly honest, not all of it was quite to my taste as some of it was fairly loud with a little too much of an electronic influence. However stand-out tracks Dawn of the Dead and Epic Last Song meant they were certainly one of my favourite groups of the year. Keen to find out what’s happened I found that they had been keeping busy touring and an album is promised for early 2011 (called Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You). Result! Meanwhile, hidden gem, Being Bad Feels Pretty Good, a track which hits its stride come the one minute mark.

Now for the wildcard – and a chance for me to rant – it’s My Vessel. My Vessel are the spin-off group from my favourite group in existence (they no longer are unfortunately) Look See Proof. Much like The Dykeenies, Look See Proof were making waves in 2007-8 but in early 2009 the group split, leaving behind three survivors to make My Vessel. The driving force behind the new group was Jamie Randall who had only just joined Look See Proof from another great group, Linda’s Nephew. But after just two singles on their MySpace coming at the end of last year… NOTHING HAS HAPPENED. And I know that Jamie Randall is alive because I get his tweets. He enjoys telling me about his life but Lord knows what’s happened to the group. Anyway the groups are good, the old and the new so give them a listen and hope My Vessel crawl out of the hole they’ve been in.

Stay tuned to all the bands above, if one of them do something next year I am sure that it will be worth the wait so it’s cross fingers time!

Have a good New Year readers!

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4 Responses to “2010 – What Happened To Them?”

  1. Saif January 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    Great post, awesome Christmas present! The brilliance of this writer astounds me. How is he able to find all these bands from nowhere?! G

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