Thursday, December 16, 2010
Alan! Let’s move on: Good name. Good live. Bad track.
Self-described on the band’s FB page as “kick-your-teeth-in electro pop”, Alan! Let’s Move On is an up and coming SA band to watch out for. With the band’s lead vocalist and bass guitarist, Louis Knoetze, digging bands such as Bon Iver, Elliot Smith, Radiohead, Band of Horses, Bat for Lashes and The Libertines and influences like New Order, Joy Division and Styrofoam they can only do good, right?
Jamming a catchy, likeable and professional gig the last time I saw them live I have kept an eye out for them ever since. The band recently provided its first single Albatros for download on its FB page, so, naturally, I gave it a listen. It starts off really well, but when it hits what should be the chorus it seems to go horribly wrong – kinda shouty and out of tune. So, unfortunately I wasn’t that impressed. Bad recording? Maybe. Either way I am not ready to give up on Alan! Let’s Move On just yet. The band’s good performance sticks in my mind and I’ll wait for the whole album before I pass judgement.
It must also be said that disappointing recordings are not out of place with SA bands, whose communal strength generally lies in performance. Even seasoned professionals can be a little disappointing in studio, while rocking it out on stage. Alan! Let's Move On has the potential to grow and deliver something truly impressive.
Based in Pretoria, the band is made up of Louis Knoetze, Daniel Knoetze, Louwrens Ferreira and Erje Smith. It is currently recording its first album which is set to be launched in February 2011. Keep an eye on its FB page for launch tour dates!http://www.facebook.com/pages/AlanLets-move-on/49128551386