Southend’s only minimal synth punk duo Warm Boys release their debut album this August.
Recorded deep in the Essex countryside with John Hannon at NO, Warm Boys is an improvised lurch through minimal synth punk, kosmische and free jazz and includes a cover of Roxy Music’s sinister critique of opulence In Every Dream Home A Heartache
Warm Boys was made using:
Korg MS-20 Mini, Arturia MicroBrute, Casio MT-70, Korg Microkorg, Stylophone Gen X-1, Roland SH-101, Boss DR-110 and various pedals.
Saxophone by George Cleghorn. Artwork by Paul Stride-Noble.
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Best Band Name I've Seen All Day Award goes to Southend duo Warm Boys, who fuse synth punk with saxophone stylings. This is a chewy album there's no doubt. It's full of synth sounds pushed beyond comprehension, crackling bass, pure analogue distortion, and fizzing sine waves. I love how formless the record sounds, Warm Boys have occupied a middle ground between free jazz and Chen Yi which is a marvellous place to be. The addition of saxophone is a pleasing antidote to the various machines that the group employ.
I think my favourite track is 'False Dmitry'. It's 'ard and completely sure of itself, content to just kick along like Martin Rev strutting down a back-alley. It's crying out for a remix, but to be honest I don't really know how anyone would make it better. On 'In Every Dream Home A Heartache', the vocalist mourns that "every step I take, takes me further from heaven". It's a bold move on an album to first introduce vocals on the fourth track, let alone make a Roxy Music track approximately three times better than the original.
Warm Boys have made an album of gnarled, baleful, beautiful music and stepped "further from heaven" and into my heart.
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