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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

"Glaswegians who think they should have grown up in the American South"

"Heartache and Jack Daniels. Good sex, bad sex, guitars. Sweet love songs and dirty, chugging country tunes. The occasional bubble of self-pity blitzed by a nasty riff, and the odd spot of (justified) lechery..."

Those are a few of the visceral associations that Glasgow-born / London-based band The New York Fund use in connection with their melodic music. In their previous band incarnation of Cherryfalls from 2003-05, they played shows alongside Feeder and for a short (and ultimately unfruitful) time were signed to Island Records. In 2005 they changed personnel slightly, and inspired by the country/rock balancing act walked by artists like Ryan Adams, they formed The New York Fund.

BBC Radio 2 DJ Dermot O'Leary was an early champion of their music, and he included their ace alt-country romp "Nobody Home" on his Saturday Sessions comp CD. In February 2007 they released their six-song Guns EP which is a top-notch collection from front to back. Recently they have played with folks like the Hold Steady and Ash, which gives you a good idea of the range their music sweeps across -- from the rollicking shuffle-your-feet bar rock ("Guns of Camden Town") to the soaringly sweet melancholy of tunes like "Man Overboard," and everything in between.

I hear a very impressive buzz about their live shows -- this post is the result of a strong recommendation from a Brighton reader Caz who just saw them open for the Hold Steady, and was amazed that they are not currently signed. Also for my London readers, NYF is going to be playing along with Ash at the Ben & Jerry's Sundae event on July 27th. I love ice cream and would count Ben and Jerry amongst my good friends. So really, you cannot fail here from any angle. Check this stuff out.

The Guns Of Camden Town - The New York Fund
Man Overboard - The New York Fund
(defeated heartbreak!!)

Buy their excellent Guns EP - strongly recommended for fans of folks like The Felice Brothers, Ryan Adams, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and Jake Troth. Currently unsigned, they also have some new 2008 tracks up on their MySpace.

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9 Comments:

At June 04, 2008 10:18 PM, Blogger cjl said...

Thanks for the intro. This is going on my wish list right now.

 
At June 05, 2008 4:05 AM, Anonymous last year's girl said...

Amazing to see these guys getting a write-up! I loved them as Cherryfalls, but when Joe started wearing shirts that wouldn't look out of place on a certain Mr Adams, drinking whisky on stage and supporting the Hold Steady, my love for the band in its new incarnation went through the roof. It's just a shame that they don't play up here more often, depite the singer's Glasgow roots.

 
At June 05, 2008 7:29 AM, Blogger SINEDDIE said...

Very, very good stuff....Put them on my list of stuff to buy. Thanks for the heads up on this one.
-Ed

 
At June 05, 2008 11:21 AM, Anonymous Caz said...

Yay! Thanks Heather, glad you liked them. Am looking forward to seeing them again asap :)

 
At June 11, 2008 10:20 AM, Anonymous JOE said...

Thanks.

Joe (from TNYF)

x

 
At June 11, 2008 10:24 AM, Anonymous JOE said...

Oh yeah...

Cherryfalls was incarnate from 2003-2005, not in the Nineties.

We aint that old!

Joe x

 
At June 11, 2008 10:34 AM, Blogger heather said...

Thanks Joe. I don't know where I got that, but I fixed it now. Thanks for stopping by and keep up the ace work!

 
At June 13, 2008 4:42 PM, Anonymous Phil said...

I've seen these guys a few times now and they never fail to impress!!! How they're not signed i do not know!

 
At August 17, 2008 6:16 AM, Blogger James K said...

The New York Fund are playing the Windmill in Brixton, London on Friday September 12th.

More info:
http://www.myspace.com/backstreets_london

 

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