New Year Ninety 2014 – 20 to 11

We are now into the sections of the New Year Ninety where interest heats up both with readers and bands. I would just like to add, to each of the thousands of bands reviewed over the past four years your input to the world of music has been invaluable and thank you for taking the time to create your sounds. The various sites only exist due to my partner and co-founder of Indie International Julie Norbury who always particularly enjoyed the New Year Ninety and as always the chart is dedicated to Julie.

Julie Norbury

Julie Norbury

20. .gif (Singapore)

19. The Vex (England)

Martyr – The Vex is available on iTunes*.

18. Katana Splatter Combo (Greece)

17. Universal Thee (Scotland)

16. Tiger Love (England / USA)

Summer Rain – Single – Tiger Love is available on iTunes*.

15. Mutual Benefit (USA)

Love’s Crushing Diamond – Mutual Benefit is available on iTunes*.

14. Le Galaxie (Ireland)

Lucy Is Here – Le Galaxie is available on iTunes*.

13. Lieutenant Tango (Scotland)

12. Fonija (Macedonia)

11. The Audio Justice (New Zealand)

*Purchases made through the iTunes links will result in Emerging Indie Bands earning a commission.

Band of the Month – September 2013 – Readers Choice

The band of the month for September as chosen by the readers of the stable of websites that make up IBB is from England.

Emerging Indie Bands

Emerging Indie Bands

The stats for selecting the readers choice is made over 7 different criteria and this month – Lieutenant Tango – is the result of that algorithm.

Thank you to the readers of the websites and thank you to the bands – without both of you these pages would just be blank spaces.

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Lieutenant Tango

Lieutenant Tango a kwela beat outfit from Edinburgh in Scotland is David Scobie (Guitar / vocals), Alexander Betty Lambton (Saxophone), Calum Michie (drums) and Chris Pasquill (Bass).

<b>Lieutenant Tango - kwela from Scotland</b>

Lieutenant Tango

Somehow it seems that my wish for more bands taking references from Africa is ringing true as I find in my inbox Lieutenant Tango who throw in a saxophone to give this a real fillip with more than a hint to ska to the kwela influences. The only problem I am finding is locating the keyboard which is skittering across the desk in unison with the lively beats that are reverberating off the walls. The only way this could be improved in my opinion is with the addition of bagpipes just to round off the whole thing.

What a wonderful life reviewing the bands that so many other reviewers want to leave behind as they don’t have a high enough profile, oh what wonders they are missing and I know that as a regular reader, you feel that way too. Lieutenant Tango offer everything that is needed in music – fun, creativity and a sense of perspective with sounds that ripple through the nervous system firing the neurons of the audience.

They are not attempting to reinvent the wheel, but add a touch of Tabasco Sauce to the mix and leave the audience wreathed in huge smiles and sweating brows. There are some good Independent labels in Scotland and I would anticipate Lieutenant Tango will not be waiting too long for some offers. On the down side, I can envisage this as being highly licensable music and there is a danger that they may be encouraged to forgo their exuberance and joy to create sounds that suit the advertisers – I hope not. But just in case – catch them now.

So, Go is a great introduction to Lieutenant Tango as they have the confidence to hold an introduction for 1:55 and then another 50 seconds of instrumental before getting to the meat and grist – well worth a listen for the full 4:45.


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