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by Argonaut

Female fronted 5-piece, Argonaut, were signed by Criminal Records after gaining interest on the London toilet circuit. The band’s self-titled album demonstrates a mix of their rock influences, including Sonic Youth, Garbage, Hole and The Pixies.
Genre: Rock: Grunge
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1. Monet
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2. Touch Electric
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3. More Life
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4. 2 Lights
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5. They Can Buy You
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6. The Detail
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7. Vintage Dress
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8. Spectres
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9. Chemistry
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10. Sleep Tight
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As the latest addition to the Criminal Records roster, Argonaut, have already been causing a stir with coverage dotted from Europe to USA to Australia. Discovered playing London’s toilet circuit, the female fronted rock 5-piece signed up to Criminal Records on a three album deal earlier this year. Recorded at Cartel Studios in West London, their new recordings have taken stock of their previous 7 albums! Their debut video and single release ‘Touch Electric’ showcased their grunge vs. pop rock influences, and provided a small snippet of what could be expected when the album finally hit the shelves.

From the guitar led grunge of tracks like ‘Touch Electric’ to the stripped back tones of tracks like ‘Chemistry’, the album represents a band who are not afraid to experiment with their sound and emotions. The band’s next music video ‘More Life’ depicts the band walking through dimensions in search of a second shot at life. /

‘Argonaut put forward a good case for being brilliant..... Sounds like Siouxsie And The Banshees, while their commitment to youth, ideas and passion should be lauded and rewarded’
James Jam NME

Sonic Youth, Nirvana, The Cure, Velvet Underground, Hole, David Bowie, Blondie, Duran Duran, Adam and the Ants, Depeche Mode, Madonna, C86, The Smiths, The Cure, Pixies.

Nathan Lyons, guitarist and songwriter, gives the low down on the first single from their self titled album due out in July this year.

“The title was inspired by a friend of ours who was continually getting electric shocks – he claims to have been struck by lightning a number of times. I’m not so sure, but all that I know is that he would yelp in pain every now and again and claim to have had a shock off the TV, the stereo, even the fridge. Some people say that you get a static shock off him whenever you touched him but I can’t verify that!

It was one of the first songs we ever gelled with. Like most of the songs then, it is a love song. It’s the story of two people with an over-whelming, all-consuming love for each other. The adrenalin and nervous energy literally make them sick. The emotions are so strong, every touch feels charged, like an electric shock – ‘the touch electric’

The music came instantaneously. Music and lyrics probably took an hour to write and record. The guitar riff is a grunged up T-Rex meets the Kills kind of thing. The chorus has the chukka chukka chukka chukka break a bit like in The Breeder’s Cannonball – one of the best songs ever written! There’s a touch of Mudhoney in the words too – we were listening to a lot of grunge at the time and these things seep through the subconscious.

The bass line wrote itself but was always going to be the driving force. I also love the noise break/ anti solo – great fun to play live. The synths were added by our producer, and sound amazing – they sneak up on you , sometimes they sound like an alarm or phone going off – but they really drive the chorus. There’s some great backing vocals too, that Lorna could hear every time she sang. They work really well in the final version and with Abby singing live.

We are really chuffed to have Touch Electric as our first single from the album. It’s something that we all agreed with as a band, and were fully backed by Criminal Records. It’s loud, heavy and noisy and I think it captures the spirit of some of our influences.”


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Great work guys. Good luck with the album release
"Argonaut are one of the best bands I've come across in 2012" 9.5/10
Steve, Street Voice UK

"Pretty good! Kind of remind me of the Cranberries meets Joy Formidable!"
Natasha Grant, Art Rocker

"A beautiful sound to open up the show with.  An oldskool, indie sound - the kind you don’t hear much these days, delicate floating female vocals – really liked that!"
Dave Gilyeat, BBC Introducing

‘It’s sparse – but i like that!’   
Steve Lamacq,  6 music

"Sleazy rock falling somewhere between Royal Trux and Bikini Kill. Promising. 4/5"
Club NME, Brighton

"Influences like Hole, Garbage and Sonic Youth wash through with lead singer Lorna Lyons’s precocious attitude and dirty fuzz and phaser swamped guitar sounds permeating" 

"More Life", Argonaut's take on the fuzzy, quiet-loud-quiet-monstrously loud grunge single
Hamish Davey Wright, Whispherin and Hollerin

"Argonaut feel like a band that you want to tell people about, but you don’t want to tell them too quickly because you want to have been the first to have said I liked them"
The Cheers

"driving tormented fuzzy- post-rocky sounds with moments of dirgy downbeat melody with Lorna’s preoccupied vocal echoing almost as if from the bottom of a lake covered in jagged winter frost."
Gordon Johnston, Glasswerk 

‘Argonaut put forward a good case for being brilliant…sounds like Siouxsie  And The Banshees…their commitment to youth, ideas and passion should be lauded and rewarded’


A strong growing debut!
Some bands set out to grab you by the balls with their very first note...While others prefer to sneak up on you and give an impressive tug when you're least expecting it.
For me, Argonaut's 10-track debut delivered a highly enjoyable form of the latter.

Citing influences that range from Garbage and Hole to Sonic Youth and The Pixies, their nostalgic swab of glistening 90s pop and ragged guitar-led grunge is perhaps evident from the disc's cute yet grisly album cover alone (what appears to be somebody's cartoon heart flung through a pane of blood-splattered glass.)
One look at it (along with their motivators) and you think you already know where the ride’s going to take you, before you’ve even paid the price of the CD and strapped yourself into the passenger seat. Or so I did…

Vocalist Lorna sings sweetly over a candy swirl of textured riffs and gnashing drums, instantly warping you back to a time where the college radio DJ reigned supreme and every teenaged boy and girl wanted to be (or be with) alt-rock queens like Tanya Donelly and Kim Deal.
However, as seductive and saccharine as Lorna's voice is, like all the aforementioned artists, she could still take out a tooth or two with the throaty gusto and snarling disaffection found on songs like first single 'Touch Electric'. At her utmost syrupy, she sounds even perhaps a little like Cerys Matthews (although the band's overall formula is far from similar) but at her most defiant, she tosses all comparisons aside and makes a claim for her own wall space in the bedrooms of music lovers from Brick Lane to Bel Air.
"It's only love after all, it's only a necessity..." Lorna laments over the heart-shattering lullaby fuzz of 'Chemistry' (and suddenly the album artwork becomes all the more clear.)

Despite all the contrasts, the more you listen to Argonaut’s first offering, the more they’re willing to shift your expectations; slowly unknotting themselves from their influential ties to the nineties, track-by-track. It’s a real mix of swooning (latest single and album opener ‘Monet’) versus blistering (‘More Life’) rock tunes that sound just as unique and relevant as any other alternative act of 2013, if not more.

They’ll send a slow-burning bullet through your heart and pierce through the layers of your affection one shard of glass at a time. The ride might take a while but by the end of it, you’ll be bleeding on your knees for more.
4.5 out of 5!