Bands to Watch #191: Tubelord

By on Thursday, 26th August 2010 at 12:00 pm

Words by Luke Morton

Having read a review of their debut LP ‘Our First American Friends’ last year and upon hearing that they’re playing in Lincoln next month, I thought it was time to check out London’s indie math rockers Tubelord. This is not a move I regret.

The happy singalong pop feel mixed with the minimalist synthesised indie noise is something that isn’t going to grow old quickly. Sounding fresh each time I press play, Tubelord will undoubtedly be one of the biggest things on the UK music scene.

Signing with Hassle Records in 2009 (whose roster includes such fantastic artists as Cancer Bats, Alkaline Trio and Trash Talk), they’re destined for more fame. With a long string of UK dates stretching from now until early October (see dates at the end of this post), get down and see these guys before ticket prices skyrocket and the hipster kids get wind of this band.

Tracks such as ‘Stacey’s Left Arm’ and ‘Ratchet’ will stick with you all day and are filled with such joy and passion you can’t help but be impressed. However, there’s also the experimental side to the music: it’s not just three chords and a synth, their sound is anything but generic. Strange time signatures coupled with a raw and imaginative sound leaves a lasting impression, but it’s the catchy lyrics that prove Tubelord are more than just another underground British band. Watch the video for their song ‘Propeller’ below.


Tuesday 21st September 2010 – Leeds Cockpit
Wednesday 22nd September 2010 – Sheffield Harley
Friday 24th September 2010 – Northampton Labour Club
Saturday 25th September 2010 – Lincoln SCY
Monday 27th September 2010 – Norwich Marquee
Tuesday 28th September 2010 – Nottingham Central
Wednesday 29th September 2010 – Reading Face Bar
Thursday 30th September 2010 – High Wycombe Nags Head
Friday 1st October 2010 – Brighton Audio
Saturday 2nd October 2010 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Sunday 3rd October 2010 – Cardiff Buffalo Bar
Monday 4th October 2010 – Falmouth 5 Degrees Below
Tuesday 5th October 2010 – Exeter Cavern
Thursday 7th October 2010 – London Monto Water Rats
Friday 8th October 2010 – Portsmouth Kraken Wakes

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