Wednesday, 18 February 2009

The Second Hand Marching Band

The fantastic illustrator Stewart Easton turned me onto The Second Hand Marching Band a week or so ago and he weren't shitting me when he said they were absolutely cracking.  They are.  From what I can gather they've only been playing together a short while which given there are twenty or so members playing guitars, ukeleles, madolins, triangles, accordians, trumpets, tenor horns, saxophones, trombones, glockenspiel, castanets, marching drums, melodicas, woodblocks, tamborines, bells, violins, flutes, clarinets and various other instruments (is there any others?) must be something of a logistical ball-ache.  For a lazy unflattering but speedy comparison think Beirut via the Fence Collective but there really is something a bit magical and thoroughly individual going on with their very limited (100!) ep, especially with the title track "a dance half to death" a woozy lament to some bird or something.  Seek out.

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