I first heard La Bête Blooms when I was procrastinating in Aberdeen, sometime in late March. I bought their tape (you can still buy it) and I knew I was hearing something pretty special. They kept releasing great songs for free as I kept looking for ways to give them my money. It’s been an agonising wait, but La Bête Blooms’ debut EP is here, and it’s amazing.
TV Speak was a song I heard a while back, when the dudes did a session for BBC Introducing Humberside. I liked it. I heard it at work. It made me think of bats. My friend said it was ‘heavy’. I suppose it is.
And hold on a goddamn minute, because the video is just the greatest. I probably watched it ten times when it came out. It’s just perfect – great animation, great song and the band get eaten by sea monsters at the end. More videos should end this way. Life should end this way.
Everyday’s The Same is another song I was familiar with, this time because of this super-cool acoustic video filmed next to a bunch of shirts. It works very, very nicely with a full band – as do previous tracks like Sigh Away and Wishing I Could Kill. There aren’t any acoustic videos in clothing shops for those songs, you’ll just have to buy the tape. Go on. It’s £3.
Stay Away rocks to fuck. In some ways it sounds like a much faster version of the previous song, but in a strange sort of way that isn’t at all derivative, annoying or boring. It gets a little Mudhoney somewhere in the middle. It’s great.
All For You is the other kind of heavy. It’s murky like Humber sludge, I can’t write a lot about it. It’s kind of magic and stays away from distasteful guitar solos like so many similar songs do. I’m looking at you, Pink Floyd.
La Bête Blooms have consistently released some of the best music I’ve heard in 2014 – which has been a really crazy year for great British independent music – and I’m so pleased to have a little more of it. Check them out, it’ll be good for you.
You can buy La Bête Blooms’ EP through the Adult Teeth Bandcamp page. On the same page, you can find a smashing compilation – featuring La Bête Blooms and other Adult Teeth artists – which is available as a free download or a very cheap CD.