Monday, 18 April 2011

New Artist Alert: Saturday Night Gym Club

And now for something completely different; it's all been a bit pop-punk friendly recently so here is a refreshing hit of some pop/dance ambience. Saturday Night Gym Club have popped up on Zane Lowe's radio show, been featured a few times by BBC Introducing and are set to play the BBC's Big Weekend in May. Oh did I mention, that's their first gig!

I had a listen to a couple of songs; EP title track How To Build A Life Raft is an eclectic electronic dance mix that features a whole life raft of sounds and synths and a really nice vocal performance; it washes over you and has a really relaxing quality. The band's debut single, set to be released in May features Ellie Walker and is called I Know. With it's long, discerning intro that features an accordian, it sets the reader on edge with a confusing and broken wave of sound before breaking into a cool, washy pulse. Considering the genre, of which admittedly I'm not a huge follower, it's a great dance/pop song that will I'm sure go down perfectly in the lead-up to the summer. Ellie Walker's vocals really compliment the sound of the track which gently builds as it progresses.

Saturday Night Gym Club describe themselves as "an Anglo-Irish grouping of dance floor storytellers" with "organic textures against dance floor friendly bass weight" and, fun fact for the day, I Know's analogue synth parts written on the Northwest tip of Ireland, with drums engineered on a flight into Edinburgh. Cool!

For more info on the band and to check out the tracks featured here, head over to their Soundcloud page. How To Build A Life Raft is out in June.

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