Margot & The Nuclear So & So's

Margot & The Nuclear So & So's


Margot and the Nuclear So and So's are from London. Where it's foggy and lovely. They lost their accents. Now they live in obscurity in a sunken battleship. They love pop and that's what makes them punk. They all have degrees, and that's what makes them smart. They are very pretentious.


From Dave Linduist, Pop Music Critic for The Indianapolis Star on the "Dust of Retreat"

Richard Edwards cements his reputation as a fast-rising singer-songwriter on this debut release from Margot & the Nuclear So & So's.

Just as there's never been an actual Hootie, Marshall Tucker or Pink Floyd playing in a chart-topping rock band, there's no Margot in this group's lineup.

Edwards borrowed the name from "The Royal Tennenbaums," the 2001 film that featured Gwyneth Paltrow as "Margot." (For the record, the fictional Tennenbaums lived on Archer Avenue, which Edwards used as the name for his previous band).

His fascination with the work of movie director Wes Anderson shouldn't be a mystery, as both artists specialize in wry, bittersweet stories told in great detail.

Anderson has supplied fine points through board games piled high in a Tennenbaum closet and Max Fischer's student clubs at Rushmore Academy.

On "The Dust of Retreat," Edwards chooses sonic ornamentation to seduce listeners. When accompanied by nothing more than an acoustic guitar, his songs are strong enough to break hearts and shake convictions.

But when his Margot bandmates add cello, trumpet, banjo and synthesizer in all the right places, the group makes music to please fans of folk, chamber pop and modern rock styles.

At the heart of these tunes, the melodies flow so easily and lyrics unfold so vividly that Edwards is working in the heady neighborhood of Elvis Costello and Paul Westerberg.


The Dust of Retreat - Full Length CD - June 2005