Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Does It Offend You, Yeah?

I know it's hard to dream up with a band name nowadays. It's too easy to come up with The ______ (fill in the blank with your favorite inanimate object or animal) and leave it at that. So when you come across Does It Offend you, Yeah?, it really makes a statement. It's kind of hard to spit out though. Doesn't quite roll off your tongue like The Platypuses.

Putting that all aside though, DIOY,Y? (even the acronym requires some thought to type) is a group of four blokes from the UK who released their debut album last week. Beings guys who like long multi-word titles, they've of course titled their album You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into. The first single off the album is We Are Rockstars, which is a track that's straight out of the 80's - think Rockwell meets Prodigy (listen to it below). In fact, much of the album has that updated retro synth-pop feel to it that just seems like it would be fun to get down and do the Sprinkler to.

To further prove these guys spend way too much time coming up with catchy titles, there's track six on the album, Attack of the 60 Ft Lesbian Octopus. I've never encountered a 60 Ft octopus, nevermind one that was a lesbian, but the frantic beat in this track gets my heart rate pumping. Then there's Being Bad Feels Pretty Good, yet another title that invites attention, and the song itself will give you flashbacks to Robert Smith and The Cure.

Seriously, if these guys fail in the music department (and that's probably not likely if they keep churning out music like this), I think they could have a career in coming up with titles for pulp fiction paperbacks.

Visit their website, their label Almost Gold Recordings, and become their friend on MySpace.


Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me : 100% Motown: '80s

Upcoming Tour Dates

4/26 Indio , CA Coachella
4/30 San Diego , CA Casbah
5/1 Los Angeles , CA El Rey Theater
5/2 Pomona , CA Glasshouse
5/3 San Francisco , CA Slim’s
5/5 Portland , OR Hippodrome
5/6 Seattle , WA Neumo’s
5/7 Vancouver , BC Richard’s on Richards
5/9 Salt Lake City , UT Urban Lounge
5/10 Denver , CO Bluebird
5/12 Minneapolis , MN First Ave.
5/13 Chicago , IL Mansion
5/14 Cleveland Grog Shop
5/15 Philadelphia , PA Johnny Brenda’s
5/16 New York , NY Highline Theater
5/17 Brooklyn , NY Southpaw

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