Free Blood is a marriage of opposing ends of a spectrum.Â The group came to fruition when former !!! member John Pugh and fashion designer Madeline Davy found common groundÂ and much inspiration in a goal of uniting the divergent settings that host New Yorkâ€™s dance and indie music: the Manhattan club scene (or an idealized version of what once was a scene) andÂ the energized, anything-goes Brooklyn warehouse parties that have played host to many of their live sweat-soaked gigs.
NYC and Brooklyn equally embody the spirit of the group â€“ their music is rooted in the leftfield enough to keep the Brooklyn kids quite enthused, while the songs, with John and Madelineâ€™s shared vocal duties, are undeniable sing-along pop songs at heart, driven by rhythms that have the sonic thump of the best new disco and modern R&B.Â You could boil it all down to an electronic rock act, but that tag misses the point completely.Â For a band that is somewhat hard to classify, Free Blood has a remarkably unique and cohesive sound.Â They have just completed a tour of the United States with Hot Chip and have managed to make it overseas to perform live several times in the UK and while there performed on Radiohead / Beck producer Nigel Godrichâ€™s internet TV program â€œFrom The Basementâ€.
The debut single (and the first for the joint Rong / DFA Records imprint) is entitled â€œNever Hear Surf Music Againâ€ (due out May 27 on 12â€ vinyl and digital download).Â The single includes a head turning remix by Barfly (Rongâ€™s own Ben Cook) that further emphasizes the avant garde pop leanings of the band and at times calls to mind the Flying Lizards, another band that helped bridge similar opposing worlds. The single also features a second original new song -Â â€œQuick and Painful.â€
The â€œRoyal Familyâ€ single (July 15) comes with a second original â€œGrumpyâ€ and both tracks get stunning remix treatments â€“ Free Blood producers The Brothers remix their own production work on â€œRoyal Familyâ€ into a main room 4/4 floor filler, and disco edit legend Greg Wilson twists some dark magic into â€œGrumpyâ€.Â Davy and Pugh continue their unique use of combined vocals that erupt into manic call-and-response shouts like a pair of punk rock cheerleaders that leave you rooting for more, or at least racing to hear these tracks again.
Fortunately you can get your fix when all four originals will be included with new material and all remixes on the bandâ€™s first CDâ€“ out Fall 2008 on Rong / DFA Records.