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The Little Philistines - Love Explodes
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The Little Philistines - Love Explodes

Recent winners of the "Mainstage Talent Tournament", a competition set up to decide who'd open for Supergrass at Sellindge Music Festival, The Little Philistines hail from the most saturated pool of unsigned bands in the whole world; London. As such, their sound is ingrained in the current London style. Go to any club in London and you'll probably have your pick of quirky, quasi-interesting, indy bands and that's par for the course. So what'd make you pick these guys (and gal) out of a crowd in London? ...Well, nothing. But put them in Kent, a county with a music scene that'd have to spend years eating spinach and doing push ups to even be considered piss weak, and The Little Philistines start to shine. When seeing them live at the Quarterhouse in Folkestone, I expected little but was pleasantly surprised. Songs like "Love Explodes" and "Under the Radar" were pleasant, if not marginally enjoyable. So what did I do? I asked the band for a demo CD (Drew's tip of the day: Go to a gig and pretend to have a music podcast, or claim you work for an underground music magazine, you'd be surprised at how many free CDs you can get that way). But when I got home and listened to it, all I could think to myself was "Wow, this is pretty weak..." and that was it. "Love Explodes" serves well as an opening track but it's like when you see a trailer for a film and they put all the funniest jokes in it, so when you go to see the film, only to find out that it's a shocking waste of a fiver, you feel that little bit more outraged. "No Coward Soul" comes next and it's...meh. Ok, I'll level with you. If you ever happen to see the Little Philistines then you'd think there was hope, they're an interesting group of people, they've got trumpets, a violin and a keyboard involved as well as an eccentric bassist/singer. But they've managed to put all those ingredients together to make an EP that at best can be described as "Unremarkable Indy Music" and at worst, "Unremarkable Indy Bollocks." So the moral of this story is that if they're playing a gig near you, only go if they're supporting a better band...and you can get in for free.


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