Empty Pools – Slack Tide: New music – The Guardian (blog)

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Bristol’s Empty Pools came together after guitarist Ben and drummer Aaron put a classified advert in a local paper asking for bandmates. The ad’s list of musical influences was fairly niche, citing Pylon, Marnie Stern, Talking Heads, Helium and Karate as influences. In a twist of fate, it immediately drew the attention of kindred spirits, Matt (who plays bass) and singer, Leah. From there the band released the lovingly lo-fi Vanderbilt Cup single, which was apparently influenced by the rapport between celebrated photographer Robert Mapplethorpe’s and Patti Smith. While their songs often have the impulsive rush of something that feels like it’s been dashed off in an instant, they’re clearly a band who like to over-think things. Album titles, for example. For their debut album, Saturn Reruns, they sort inspiration from poet David Berman, Stephen Malkmus and the concept of Saturn Return. «I looked it [Saturn Return] up when I got home and understood it to be a pretty cool and romantic way to describe sinking into a hellish depression,» Leah explains. «Each song is a miniature, miserable revelation. The title also pays homage to our favourite rock’n’roll puns.» For the deliciously crumpled sweetness of their new single Slack Tide, the band decided to create possibly one of the most charmingly depressing animated videos of all time. Directed by Francesca Adams (and premiered here), the video shows a sad cartoon man going through the daily monotonies of life as he struggles to cope with living on a series of circular planets. In the end, well, he just jumps off the metaphorical treadmill.

Saturn Reruns is out now via Battle Worldwide Recordings. The band play Thekla in Bristol tomorrow night.

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