Bands to Watch #256: Father Sculptor

By on Thursday, 20th September 2012 at 5:00 pm

Father Sculptor are an as-yet-obscure five-piece originally from Glasgow but now residing south of the border. In order to keep them out of mischief, their self-imposed summer holiday homework consists of releasing a song a fortnight; at the time of writing seven songs have been released.

In attempting to describe their sound, there’s no getting away from it – Thomas David has spent years brandishing gladioli in the mirror, perfecting the tenor catch in his voice as patented by Morrissey circa 1986… either that or it’s an uncanny coincidence quite how much he resembles the flighty grandfather of Salford miserablism. Marr influences are felt in the guitars as well, but nothing here is as dowdy or trite as the Smiths could be; instead we have ethereal backdrops over which urgent rhythms play out, at-times-impenetrable lyrical themes vie with unashamedly vintage reverbed, flanged guitars – at once clean and yet harking back to a pre-digital age.

The songs which bookend the current releases, ‘Ember’ and ‘Aristide’, are the most accessible works. The former is a lovely jangly waltz perfectly showcasing David’s Mozza impression, backed by an encyclopaedia of guitar work, whilst the latter is a bit more trebly and upbeat, more modern-sounding, and no doubt an excellent indication of Father Sculptor’s future direction. Although no doubt named after the first Haitian president, with lyrical couplets like “How could you just part those thighs / For a man who loves like a hired gun”, no doubt the whole Aristide reference is a proxy for a deeper meaning, or simply a red herring.

For those for whom the 1980s never ended, here are Father Sculptor to prove it. All the tracks released so far can be heard at their official Web site. Below is an embed of track ‘Aristide’, which is also a free download.

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