Brand Violet | Akathisia

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by Brand Violet

Blondie meets the Pixies -- the new Surfgoth sound
Genre: Rock: Surf Rock
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1. Pixel Stomp
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2. Rail Thin
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3. The Caged Ones
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4. Blowtorch
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5. Catnip
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6. Sororicide
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7. Sister Ship
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8. (The Lovesick Ballad of La) Gata Blanca
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9. Clign
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10. Sputnik Bride
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Album Notes
Brand Violet's sophomore effort, released May 2005 on Tapewyrm Records, continues their power-pop surfgoth adventure with a somewhat darker, harder edge than 2004's Retrovision Coma USA. With a track recorded by The Damned/Lords of the New Church's Brian James, a sexy, bloody vampire short film comes with it as well ... what's not to like?

"Spooky, gothic, surf, noir, rock 'n' pop - Brand Violet are already cult favourites in London and it's not difficult to hear why. Frontwoman Sally-Anne Marsh sounds like an insane six year old with a grudge against society - in reality, she's an insane twenty-something with a grudge against society - and the band whip up a noise which takes in all the above and comes out the other side like a hybrid of X, classic Blondie, Cramps and the Gun Club." (Rob Robes,

"Sally-Anne Marsh sounds like the results of an experiment to distil the irresistibly seductive voice of Eartha Kitt with the irresistibly seductive voice of Debbie Harry. That makes her sound irresistibly seductive then, yet her contribution isn't the most striking thing about 'Sputnik Bride'. That honour is reserved for the wobbly 50's space-rock that underpins it; it's like listening to Space (in the five minutes that they were unmissable) rummaging through Joe Meek's cupboard looking for the holy grail of unmistakeable sounds. If Space really had done this they'd be Top of The Pops. Their loss; Brand Violet have done it and I'm SO looking forward to seeing the look of confusion on the face of the tragically hip loser that has to present this lot to the nation when they make it, for make it they surely will." (Susie Q, LOGO Magazine UK)

"...too damn cool for its own good...the Pixies caught red-handed hoodwinking a copy of B-52's 'Planet Claire'...needling riffs, dragging doom laden chords navigate a cautiously grinding groove that's pitted in shadows and oppression and just when your at your least aware it rears its potently tipped tail sting to render you paralysed..." (Mark Barton,


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Although it took a couple listens, this album ended up living up to their first album. I love the contrast between Marsh's vocals and the backround music. I was a bit confused why they took a song from their last album and changed it's name and slowed it down for this album, but I like that song so it was okay with me ("Clign"). My fave track is "Rail Thin" but I also love "Blowtorch" and "The Lovesick Ballad of La Gata Blanca". Check this album out if you have liked Brand Violet in the past.

Mark Barton - LOSING TODAY

Masters of the powder-puff femme fatale pop twang, Barberella meets Blondie
Brand Violet ‘Catnip’ (Tapewyrm). Sometimes you just wonder whether some bands are cursed always to be legendary in their own lunch breaks. Case in point are Brand Violet – on the face of it a band who it seems have everything, image, hooks, looks and the kind of obsessive attention to authenticity that you swear they work in a secret laboratory under the cover of darkness blending phials of b-movie sci-fi psychosis to create pop structures so infectious there ought to be sprays readily available at pharmacists. Brand Violet are masters of the powder-puff femme fatale pop twang, Barberella meets Blondie working to scripts Tarrantino would shit gold bricks for. ‘Catnip’ is a taster for the bands forthcoming second full length entitled ‘Akathisia’. Replete with Addams Family style Hammonds, riffs found locked away in the boot of an old 58 Chevrolet Impala lurking in a threadbare barn miles away from civilisation which haven’t seen the light of day in over 40 years only to be dusted down and fired up into life and Sally Anne’s purring like Catwoman on heat vocal this has all the ingredients of a bone shaking radio friendly smash hit written all over it in bright red radioactive lipstick. Flip side features the delectable ‘Sister Ship’ which begins with an eerie noire-ish flashback scene which quickly cuts to the chase to develop into a creepily suspense fuelled hysteria with the baby doll vocals ala Clare Grogan colliding in a ‘Whatever happened to Baby Jane’ meets Hitchcock meets throbbing power surf pop routine. E xit stage left with the Brian James (Damned, Lords of the New Church etc….) produced ‘Rail Thin’ for what is quite possibly the most brutal and unforgiving cut here, heavy bearing deep set swampy fuzz with more than a knowing air of panting sexuality. Those with interactive PC’s or DVD players get the added treat of seeing the Buffy meets Night of the Living Dolls video for ‘Sororcide’ as the press release promises - features suicide girls and lots of hot lesbian vampyre action – thought that’d prick up your ears – things people will do these days, but hey sometimes you just need that little push. All in all a massive juggernaut of a release.