London indie pop trio Felt Tip announce the release of their debut single 'Love Or Pity', due on 18th November via fierce panda/Label Fandango. Fresh from a Young & Lost show and recorded by Rory Atwell, think skeletal guitars, neatly-balanced rhythms and wee excitable rushes of melody.
THE TRUTH: Felt Tip are a band who have spent the past six months foregoing the perilous delights of the the facetwitter world and therefore floating around the indie ether in a fug of mystery. What we know is that they number three, and that English bassist and drummer duo James Tyler and Tom Rapanakis met volatile French guitarist Anton Trampon in London after he left an ad in their studio listing Television, Ennio Morricone and "everything at DFA Records" as influences.
We also know that Felt Tip are named after a song by Swedish indiepopsters Love Is All, and that 'Love Or Pity' is their debut single. It was recorded on Rory Atwell's lighthouse boat studio in East London. Continuing the travel theme the video for 'Love Or Pity' features a really cool looking old train. Never say that Felt Tip have ideas above their station.
Rather, over the summer they moved stealthily around the underground playing quietly terrific shows at the Tipsy Bar, Shacklewell Arms and Old Blue Last with a sound which is nervy, but casual: jagged, yet welcoming. Just as frontman James Tyler has a mite of Morrissey, a soupcon of Jarvis and a whisper of Bob Willis about him so musically we're talking classic, quietly quirky British pop (NOT Britpop) with even Gallic guitarist Anton adding a love of XTC to his cavalier list of influences.
All the way back in the spring of 2013 Felt Tip poked their heads above the parapet with a free download of the 'Milk & Honey' track via Young & Lost. It went down extremely well with some people, noticeably blagsound.com who opined: "'Milk & Honey' is a phenomenal mix of Television-esque post-punk and more contemporary electro-tinged psychedelic rock, akin to the likes of Peace... We get sent new tracks from brand new bands and PRs all the time, but what's really striking about this particular record is the incredible synergy. It's so rare to find a band in such infancy to share such coherence and have a complete sound. I absolutely adore this record and can't wait to hear it live..."
'Love Or Pity' hereby joins the esteemed chorus of chaos which is the Label Fandango birthday subscription club, becoming the fifth of 12 digital sales carefully handpicked and robotically released to celebrate 12 years of Club Fandango.
Fri 22nd Nov @ The Sebright Arms, London (single launch party - tickets)