Leeds five-piece This Many Boyfriends have released yet another great single entitled 'Tina Weymouth' which is set to appear on their highly anticipated self-titled debut album to be released through Angular Recordings.
The video was filmed in their own cluttered living room as well as including clips of the band messing around in the snow on their Leeds streets. It's a great video and a great song, both reflecting the character and honesty of the band that admit that trying to be like other bands just brings out their own originality. The track is full to bursting with charisma, with its upbeat melody, driving basslines and hilariously truthful lyrics making it a great feel good track for dancing to.
The band; who are guitarists Ben and Daniel, drummer Laura, vocalist Richard and bassist Tom; have received much praise and support since the release of their debut EP 'Getting A Life With.'. They've had numerous radio plays from BBC 6Music, Radio 1 and XFM and have been playing at overflowing venues all across the UK with a thrilling reception. The quintet have a string of dates lined up over the coming months including an exciting tour alongside BRIT award winners the Kaiser Chiefs.
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This Many Boyfriends is good clean fun, a solid set of ten unfussy indie-pop tracks which zip past in less than half an hour. It's a record which embraces its influences, mimicking them rather than trying to improve on them. That isn't really a complaint, however: this is a band who know their own limitations and operate confidently within them.
Lyrically, This Many Boyfriends are arch and literate. Playful references to other bands and albums abound. Careering opener 'Tina Weymouth', named after the Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club bassist, references Come On Feel The Lemonheads and Searching For The Young Soul Rebels; 'I Don't Like You ('Cos You Don't Like The Pastels)' name-checks Springsteen and The Go-Betweens as well as the Scottish indie outfit. On those tracks, in particular, This Many Boyfriends seem interested in the idea of defining yourself in terms of which bands you love. Singer Richard Brooke, appalled at an acquaintance's dislike of some of his favourite bands, eventually decides: 'I love you for being you'. 'These records are here to stay/although I might be a better person if I was without them', he admits; 'I scrawl Tina Weymouth across my clean white shirt in permanent white marker pen'. The albums and musicians he admires are an enduring, integral part of him.
Some people might find the idea of indie songs written about indie songs rather insular and off-putting. From that perspective, this is the sound of the genre slowly circling the drain. But I'll admit to a weakness for the sort of wry name-dropping on show here. Besides, there are plenty of other ideas on show; Brooke embraces an ascetic lifestyle on '(I Should Be A) Communist', worries that 'you don't want what I've got' on 'Everything', and wryly claims that 'we all got bullied at school' on the more-upbeat-than-it-sounds 'That's What Diaries Are For'.
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Hailing from Leeds, This Many Boyfriends showcase their upcoming new single 'Number One', to be released on October 1st 2012, with their new video ahead of the release of their self-titled debut album out on October 8th through Angular Recording Corporation.
The video has been directed by Nik Vestberg and features vocalist Richard, bassist Tom, guitarist Daniel and drummer Laura spending their time hanging out on the seafront, going for drinks, arcade gaming and going on fairground rides. The vocals are gentle and low, quite a contrast to the catchy and up tempo guitar riffs and fast drums.
This Many Boyfriends are probably one of the most appreciative and honest bands around in terms of writing about their love for their favourite artists; a regularity that really helps them connect with their ever growing fanbase. One guy who has shown his approval is Ryan Jarman from Northern rock band The Cribs who took the liberty of recording and mixing TMB's debut album and who also happens to be one of those artists mentioned in their songs. Richard says the group saw Jarman as a 'kindred spirit': 'He liked all the stuff we liked, and he really cared - he took a lot of time and effort over getting it right', he said.
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Produced by Ryan Jarman of The Cribs, British quartet This Many Boyfriends' new single (I Should Be A) Communist will be released May 21st through Angular Recording Corporation. It will also be released on limited 7" vinyl and digital download.