A review of our new album from Claire Dukes at The Ocelot appeared this week:
Aha, where do I begin?
I’m gonna make like this electronically explosive album and dive straight in.
Musically there’s not a lot of continuity throughout Reinventing Failure, but on the flip side each song, needless to say, evokes something you’re not prepared for. This won’t work for everyone, but travelling through this… experience, shall we say, No Side Effects do actually pull this off.
Track-wise ‘In Your Brain Right Now’ genuinely made me accuse them, funnily enough, in my head as evil geniuses for nothing more than the fact that this song stayed in my head for days – the irony of it all! Also, my foot, it would seem, is having all the side effects – tapping along to a beat that is not actually audible anymore. It’s funny in a kind of sinister way, and for this reason I’m sold.
Reinventing Failure is a bit of a trip – it’s sonically and lyrically very experimental but at the exact same time it has been excellently produced. This really stands out in Dark Light, Eco-terror, and Pessimonster – I’m eager to find out if this translates the same in a live performance.
I’m hearing influences from Hot Chip and New Order – whether I’m right or wrong doesn’t really matter. The point is: No Side Effects make failure sound fun.
Reinventing Failure is released November 2 – go see them debut the album live at Darkroom Espresso.
Read the full review on The Ocelot website
Tom has gone off on his own (again), abandoning No Side Effects to sing about grass, while wearing a silly hat. His CD looks nice, but it’s all a bit weird.
Here’s a song called ‘Paper Fire’. Burning paper is the least weird thing he’s burnt recently (I worry about him).
There’s also this review where they say some vaguely nice things about this album and some pretty photos of his CD.
There’s also this launch event where he’s trying to get everyone to dress as animals. I just don’t get it.
We are really pleased to release our brand new single Dark Light which will feature on our upcoming album. We also found time in our busy wildlife schedules to record our very first music video.
Both Tom and Ade feature in the video trying to pretend to look serious while they are blinded by strobe lights and attempt to throw themselves down some staircases.
Watch the video here:
Dark Light is one of Tom and Ade’s favourite songs and Tom has gone as far as saying that it his is favourite song he has ever recorded. So it just had to be a single, didn’t it?
The B-Side includes a demo version of an album track called ‘Turn Right and You Have Reached Your Death’. This demo was recorded by Tom while in a cottage in Norfolk and was referenced in his recent blog about solitude.
Download both tracks for free from our music store (and the other two singles):
Please do join in the black and white fun on our Facebook page where we are posting images of black and white objects.