Ten years ago two svelte young gentlemen from Kent got into Marc Bolan and Iggy Pop and started something they couldn’t stop: Babe Shadow. Today, that force has taken duo Tom Cawte and David Thornley out of the suburbs and into the centre of London, where their glam rock vibes off of Beatles song structures and sends the hearts of young lovers a flutter. This year they’re playing at Field Day while their management label’s big sibling, Florence and the Machine is also off out and about. But take our advice, and don’t miss this promising ragamuffin duo.
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“Babe Shadow is the sort of band that leaves just the tunes and nothing more.” Art Rocker
The Border Surrender
“It’s a new car that you drive tonight…there’s an American man inside…”” sings The Border Surrender’s world-weary singer, Keith Austin. The track is called ‘American Car’ - the opener from their recently released EP, Americana, and if it wasn’t already abundantly obvious, this North London quartet really aren’t singing about Highgate Hill or Jack the Ripper. This is the American Dream, or rather, a dream about that very dream, a reimagining, the same that their idols Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young sang about before them. Entirely focussed on DIY ethic, the band spent most of 2009 learning how to write songs and the rest collecting equipment for their DIY studio. Today, they’re producing songs that long for the open highway; tunes that rebel, quietly over dirt tracks, up on to the breeze where they lick the back of your neck and ears with steely guitars and raw, honest delivery.
“Downbeat, moody and broodingly brilliant." London Tourdates
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