I have literally been waiting for years to get to this post -- to finally be able to say, with unabashed, carnival-barker bluster, that THE INDELICATES' debut album comes out today. Glory, glory, hallelujah. God save the Queen.
It was February 24, 2006 when I first happened upon these fine, upstanding Brits. The blog was INDIE FOR DUMMIES (now INDIE FOR BUNNIES), and I fell fast and hard for the delicioso demos they were then peddling. "We Hate the Kids" and "Waiting for Pete Doherty to Die" were instant standouts, inspiring me to type the following succession of letters:
"[THE INDELICATES] are led by SIMON and JULIA INDELICATE - whose married-in-name-and-novelty-only vocal interplay brings to mind the SHANE MACGOWAN/KIRSTY MACCOLL dynamic of "Fairytale of New York." Or maybe they're what would happen if you jammed JARVIS COCKER, BLACK BOX RECORDER, and BILLY BRAGG into a blender. You'd get something thick. A bit bitter. Dark. Delightful. Delicious."
So there it is again. "Delicious." Delicioso. I might have added "decadent." "Droll." Bitter/sweet piss-takers. Sweet/tender hooligans. Bonnie & Clyde as essayed by GAINSBOURG & BARDOT. SID & NANCY crossed with THE CARPENTERS. (Okay, we go too far....)
The name of the album, by the way, is AMERICAN DEMO. It is available from any number of UK record shoppes, as well as iTUNES. By all means, seek it out. It's been a long time coming. It's been well worth the wait.
THE INDELICATES on MySPACE.
[MP3] "The Last Significant Statement to Be Made in Rock'n'Roll"
[MP3] [VID] "Sixteen"
[VID] "Julia, We Don't Live in the 60s"
BONUS TRACKS >>>
[MP3] "Fun is for the Feeble Minded"
[MP3] "A New England"
[MP3] "Waiting for Pete Doherty to Die"
[MP3] "We Hate the Kids" [demo]