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Posted: June 28th, 2005, by Tom Leins

The Black Tulips would have us believe that they are the latest in a long-line of intelligent English art-pop bands that includes The Beatles, The Kinks, Roxy Music, The Smiths and Suede. However, if you’re expecting a bland, limp-wristed fop-pop jangle then you’ve got another think coming. In actual fact, The Tulips play rabid dosshouse disco that tramples the not-so-thin line between unhinged and erm, hinged. The vocals (courtesy of Alexandra- “Eloquent and vulgar, wild and shy; often to be found taking tea.”) are totally diseased and sound like nothing i’ve ever heard. ‘Just Keep Coming’ is a feral garage/blues stomp, ‘I Don’t Want You’ is propulsive disco-punk that sounds a bit like Franz Ferdinand after a sex-change operation gone-wrong and ‘Sad Sally’ is primal-sounding Bowie fuzz-rock. Scary, but definitely in a good way.


Tom Leins

Tom is a relative obscurity in diskantland. All we know of him is that he's from Devon and that he writes a fanzine called 'Voices from Downtroddendom', so draw your own conclusions from that. Our conclusions are that he's probably got a funny accent and a bit too much time on his hands. So he'll fit right in around here.

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