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Blue On Blue

London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE

London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
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Imagine a mysterious cloud, pregnant with sweet promise yet at the same time menacing and oppressive. Well, you could be describing Blue On Blue’s music. Here, beguiling, meticulously picked out notes create what could be womb music, except if David Lynch were conducting proceedings.

With a free floating feel invoking Spiritualized the music isn’t just static however. Singer Dee Sada may stand almost motionless but her crepuscular Cure bass provides a stalking energy to ‘Lotto’, where icy keys and a twilit mood descend into incandescent guitar fury, and ‘I Feel Warm’s’ becalmed Twin Peaks feel is interrupted by staccato bursts of shoegaze guitar. - Artrocker


Imagine a mysterious cloud, pregnant with sweet promise yet at the same time menacing and oppressive. Well, you could be describing Blue On Blue’s music. Here, beguiling, meticulously picked out notes create what could be womb music, except if David Lynch were conducting proceedings.

With a free floating feel invoking Spiritualized the music isn’t just static however. Singer Dee Sada may stand almost motionless but her crepuscular Cure bass provides a stalking energy to ‘Lotto’, where icy keys and a twilit mood descend into incandescent guitar fury, and ‘I Feel Warm’s’ becalmed Twin Peaks feel is interrupted by staccato bursts of shoegaze guitar. - Artrocker


Blue on Blue are a new London band who make pretty songs about summer love and cinnamon, (which sounds awfully twee, but really isn’t,) set to a loved-up shoegaze soundtrack. They’ve so far played with late eighties legends The Telescopes and the classic Deptford DIY kids, The Homosexuals. Listen to them on the Vice Music Player. - Vice Magazine


Recommended. Blue On Blue stand out. A force easing their way into a music niche of their own - i-D Magazine


I first read about Blue On Blue on a hot, stuffy Saturday afternoon sitting in the garden of a pub on the Southbank in London. It now seems oddly apt that today’s SOTD is ‘Summer Daze’, as that was my mood and general demeanour that afternoon.

‘Summer Daze’ perfectly captures that groggy, hazy feel of viewing the world passing around you whilst you sit, bake and consume some more excellent ale. The repetitive, chiming guitar riff echoes around, the vocals dream-like and floating on the bubbling bass guitar, which itself reminds me of Peter Hook’s laid back grooving. The vaguely spiritual lyrics and the laid-back delivery instantly make you think of reclining. And yet, despite this dream-like vibe, there’s a melancholy to their approach. That bass line, those vocals… there’s something industrial and bleak about it all. Perhaps ‘Summer Daze’ is a bid to lighten the mood, a chance for them to break free of their inner-city lives. Even their press-photo above hints at this battle line between the grey inner-city bleakness and the powerful colours and free-life of the countryside and flowers…

Or perhaps I’m reading too much into it…

Whatever you make of it, you can be certain of one thing, you’ll be hearing a lot more about Blue on Blue in the coming months… - The Line Of Best Fit


Being championed by some North Country Boys and writing a film score, we thought it was time to talk to Blue on Blue. Blue on Blue are one of London’s latest rising stars. Creating eerie, ethereal shoe-gaze, they are undeniably cool and ridiculously good. They have a single out soon, support slots with the Charlatans and thumbs in many other pies. We had a chat to see what flavour these pies would be… - Subba Culture


Leading the shoegaze revival in east London is trio Blue On Blue. The group began as a side project for lead singer/bassist Dee Sada when she was still with her old band, An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump. Joined by guitarist and second vocalist Billy Trivial and drummer Samir Eskanda, Blue on Blue have played support slots for Vivian Girls and dream-pop legends The Telescopes. Not bad for a band that only got together at the beginning of the year.

The group’s tracks have a dreamy, stripped down quality, with rolling Peter Hook-esque baselines and boy/girl vocals reminiscent of Young Marble Giants. In keeping with the '90s revival, Blue On Blue have a fan in the form of The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess who has recently recorded two of their tracks, ‘Cinnamon Swirl’ and ‘Come Down Girl’. In the mean time check out the lovely ‘Summer Daze’, which we reckon sounds like Hope Sandoval covering ‘Disintegration’-era The Cure. - Spoonfed


First things first: Blue on Blue are a stripped-down, garage take on shoegaze; the boy / girl guitarists could be Bobby Gillespie and Kim Deal (both circa 1988) from the way they dress, and there’s something pleasantly retro about the presentation, like you’re discovering MBV for yourself; y’know, circa 1988. Compared to a “now”-band like SVIIB (with their twin vocalists), what Blue on Blue miss out on in terms of harmonies, they more than make up by having a live drummer (when he lays off the high-hat). At the end, the guitar left to feedback in front of the amp gets its own round of applause. I’ve got a wishlist of things that would make them tremendous, but the point is: they could be tremendous. - Drowned In Sound


First things first: Blue on Blue are a stripped-down, garage take on shoegaze; the boy / girl guitarists could be Bobby Gillespie and Kim Deal (both circa 1988) from the way they dress, and there’s something pleasantly retro about the presentation, like you’re discovering MBV for yourself; y’know, circa 1988. Compared to a “now”-band like SVIIB (with their twin vocalists), what Blue on Blue miss out on in terms of harmonies, they more than make up by having a live drummer (when he lays off the high-hat). At the end, the guitar left to feedback in front of the amp gets its own round of applause. I’ve got a wishlist of things that would make them tremendous, but the point is: they could be tremendous. - Drowned In Sound


Discography

31 October 2011: Blue On Blue - Self-titled debut EP (Tip Top Recordings 12" & Digital)

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Blue on Blue is Dee Sada (vocals/bass/electronics) – formerly D-bird in An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump - and Billy Steiger (vocals/guitar/electronics). The girl-boy duo share vocals and produced, engineered and recorded their October 2011 debut EP themselves in their tailor-made Morgenrock Studios in Cable Street, East London. Using an array of custom-made instruments to create their own unique sound, the band is dedicated to pursuing the intricacies of sounds and music.

Having supported The Charlatans on their recent UK tour - in venues including London's Union Chapel - as well as the likes of Doldrums, Veronica Falls, Dignan Porch, Panico, The Telecopes, The Homosexuals, Young Husband, Xaviers, Shuga - plus invitations to play leading UK music showcases In The City, Norwich Sound & Vision and press support from i-D, VICE (New band of the week), Drowned In Sound, Spoonfed, Artrocker, Loud & Quiet, TLOBF & Subba Culture and XFM, all before releasing a track, Blue On Blue is one of the most intriguing new bands in the UK.

Blue On Blue launched their debut eponymous five-track EP (12” vinyl & digital) on 31 October 2011 with an in-store performance at Rough Trade East and for Vice Magazine at The Old Blue Last in support of Canada's The Doldrums and Jeremiah Jeh (Flying Lotus). Featuring a set of intense, claustrophobic and therapeutic tracks that cover everything from love to heartache, mental breakdowns and insomnia, the EP moves between their shoegaze beginnings and electronic evolution. The lead single ‘We Never Sleep’ was chosen by XFM’s John Kennedy as his X-Posure Big One (Record of the Week) and Mary-Anne Hobbs specialist selection before the 7 November 2011 release date.