VARIOUS CRUELTIES: A little bit of what you sycophancy…

“So here we are”, as you might say if you had just arrived at a Bloc Party – and you’d be right – here we are. A brand new shiny (mostly-)music blog. Not wanting to run before we can walk, we’re easing our way into things by sticking to what we know, or more to the point, people we know.

Writing objective reviews about musicians etc. that you know is a more or less impossible task. Having tried it, we can confirm that more often than not they end up as sycophantic ramblings with all the objectivity of Andy Gray commentating on an Everton game…oh…hang on (too soon?).

For that very reason the following is less of a review and more of an introduction. World (or the four people who will end up reading this), say hello to Various Cruelties, Various Cruelties, shake hands with the world.

Formed in the latter half of 2010, the foursome – based out of London’s White City – have shown that there’s little point in hanging around and waiting for things to happen in the modern music biz. Putting out their debut single, If It Wasn’t For You, themselves, they’ve already had radio play from the likes of Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens and this week appeared on Steve Lamacq‘s BBC 6music show.

There hasn’t been this much buzz around a new band since the one-who-does-backflips from JLS inadvertently landed on a wasps nest (we can dream). With just three songs and very little else on their website the best way of seeing what Various Cruelties are about is to turn up to one of their live shows – the pick of which looks set to be a performance at The Old Queen’s Head in London, alongside DJ sets from The Maccabbees and The Mystery Jets.



While we’re at it…

Not wanting anyone to feel left out, here’s a few more friends/acquaintances/none-of-the-above of THE MAN WHO BOUGHT THE WORLD that you might want to keep an eye on.

Warning: There isn’t exactly an obvious Venn Diagram that would link the following acts, if you like one, you possibly won’t like the others.

1) Not that he needs our help – he’s already released two successful albums, has been produced by Peter Frampton, and even appeared on BBC Breakfast – but here’s Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam:

2) Auto De Fe‘s bassist sublets THE MAN WHO BOUGHT THE WORLD’s box room (don’t tell the landlady). Catch their “thoughtful, impassioned and often frantic progressive rock” at Camden’s Barfly on Saturday 29th January:

3) Finally, and with the best name by some distance, it’s Eat Off Your Arms, a two-piece from London – 50% of which is the brother of a friend of a friend, so pretty much family:


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