Published Apr 03, 2008Once there was a band named Ladyfuzz from London, England, that were very close to making it in this column. What prevented them from getting featured was, well, a good enough song. Every time theyd release a single, it was always just shy in the quality department for me to justify giving them ink.
Fast forward a year after their virtually unnoticed demise, and the bands drummer Esser has not only surpassed his past bands achievements with his very first single, but hes built himself a niche that he can really flourish in something Ladyfuzz were unable to do with their done-to-death synth pop.
Bound to earn comparisons to bedroom wunderkinds like Jamie T and Tom Vek, Ben Esser, as his mum named him, uses D.I.Y. measures to concoct his ditties, which he describes in full as: "I use a computer machine and some instruments to make popular songs. Most of my songs are in the key of E. Hes signed to Merok, who launched the careers of Klaxons, Crystal Castles and the Teenagers, so judging by the track record, Essers future is looking bright.
Single "I Love You (out next week in the UK) is the type of oddity that BBC Radio One will swoon over and a-list immediately. The rimshot-heavy, yet slacking rhythm worked for acts like Simian and the Beta Band a decade ago, while the repetitive chorus is bound to makie it a repeated, "ironic Valentines reissue in the coming years.
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