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"Band of the Week"

Band of the Week (or month. Season perhaps?): Prince Edward Island



Firstly, an apology from me to you. Prince Edward Island have been our band of the week since the week following A Certain Education, and that little thing called life has got in the way of my shouting from the rooftops about them.


Prince Edward Island cropped up on the internet, and quite rightly stated that they may be our cup of tea – well, you know how we like tea! It only took a brief listen to fall in love; taking inspiration from the best of mildly melancholic, soft yet often noisy Scottish masters such as The Delgados PEI have forged a number of pieces of beauty. Blips of electronics build with guitars, drums, horns…seemingly everything the five piece can get their hands on, yet everything seems utterly natural. Shortly after discovery we found that tracks were already wholly familiar, it’s as though these folk were simply made to make this music, and we were made to listen to it.




PYT aren’t the only ones who feel this way either, on playing Part-Life to a quietening bar edging up to midnight we found the previously unacquainted barman happily whistling along. These Islanders are probably the best friends you’ve never had – a comfort, a joy, anything you want them to be. They also cause me to sing in a very poor Scottish accent. Bravo

www.myspace.com/princeedwardislandband

www.princeedwardisland.co.uk

http://www.last.fm/music/Prince+Edward+Island?autostart=1
- Pull Yourself Together


"Lies To Tell Tourists"

Prince Edward Island is a six-piece pop band from the UK, you know the part where they have those sexy Scottish-esque sounding accents. Regardless I had never heard of them until I received their newly released EP, Lies To Tell Tourists in the mail. Yet, this four song EP is one of the most lush and intricate pop albums I have heard in awhile, and it's fantastic.

This album starts off with two solid numbers “It’s All Over The Bar Shouting” and “Take Your Breath Away,” both songs trading off male/female vocals while maintaining an intensity that isn’t so common in boy/girl set-ups. Credit must also be given to the rest of the band for propelling the intensity on these songs (note: check out the drumming on the latter part of “Take Your Breath Away”).

On “I’ve Been To A City,” things jump from solid to phenomenal and it is easily one of my favorite songs I’ve heard this year. Living in a city at the moment, there is something so right about this song and it captures the feeling quite beautifully. And did I mention it’s lush? It has all these different elements from the drums, guitar, bass, keyboard lines, harmonies, horns, etc. that all stand alone but come together in a way that makes Arcade Fire songs seem flat by comparison.

They round things off quite nicely with my other favorite track on the EP, “I Am A Pig And You Are A Cow.” It may be the quietest song on here but it is still brimming with finger snaps, cymbals, horns, etc. And is that theremin I hear? (Or musical saw?)

Lies To Tell Tourists is one quick EP brimming with life, intensity and enough sexy accents to knock you on your ass. Prince Edward Island is a band that I need to investigate more of, but this is a damn fine start.

Prince Edward Island-"I've Been To A City"

Links:
Prince Edward Island on Myspace!
Order the EP now on BabyBoom Records!

By Steven Ray Morris - Foggy Ruins Of Time


Discography

EP: Lies to Tell Tourists Released by BabyBoom Records.

It's All Over Bar The Shouting: XFM Winner of the Unsigned Band Competition, BBC Two Scotland Rapal TV Show, BBC Radio Bristol Introducing , BBC Radio One Scotland, Radio Nan Gaidheal, Dandelion Radio, Phoenix FM, Error FM, Radio Weser Germany

Like Bouncers We Stand: BBC Two Scotland Rapal TV Show, BBC Radio Bristol Introducing, BBC Radio One Scotland, Radio Nan Gaidheal, Phoenix FM, Error FM, Radio Liberte France

I've Been To A City: BBC Radio Bristol Introducing, Radio Nan Gaidheal, Phoenix FM, Error FM

Partlife: BBC 6 Music, BBC Two Scotland Rapal TV Show, BBC One Scotland, Radio Nan Gaidheal, Channel 4 website, Phoenix FM, Error FM, WOXY fm, Ultimo Volume Radio Brazil, NetSounds, All FM, Shake Finger Pop, Dandelion Radio, American Thrift Media

Take Your Breath Away: BBC Two Scotland Rapal TV Show, BBC One Scotland, Radio Nan Gaidheal, Phoenix FM, Error FM, WOXY fm, Ultimo Volume Radio Brazil, NetSounds, All FM, Shake Finger Pop, Radio Liberte France, Dandelion Radio, Radio Weser Germany

The Keith Disaster Fund: Radio Nan Gaidheal, Phoenix FM, WOXY fm, Radio Liberte France

I Am A Pig And You Are A Cow: Radio Nan Gaidheal, Phoenix FM, WOXY fm, Radio Liberte France

Festivals: O2 2006 with The Flaming Lips & Massive Attack, Sounds in the Grounds (Scotland) 2008.

Myspace: www.myspace.com/princeedwardislandband

Website:
www.princeedwardisland.co.uk

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Bio

Prince Edward Island were formed in late 2005 after realising that sharing each-others Chemikal Underground records was not going to be enough. Hailing from the nation’s darkest fringes in Cupar and Ashington they set about laying their dark, often very personal lyrics over the lightest melodies they could muster, writing about what they knew - of trawler-trash town love affairs, of being trapped in failing relationships and of youth squandered.

They’ve garnered widespread interest since winning the Xfm Unsigned competition and recently featured - playing four songs - on BBC 2 Scotland’s music TV show Rapal. Their debut EP, Lies To Tell Tourists, was released on BabyBoom Records, and they're currently finalising their debut album. PEI have just completed their first UK tour.

“Any band that can combine Rolf Harris’ stylophones with Gretsch guitars and lyrics like ‘you look like I need a drink, a little something I can cling too’ deserves serious attention”
Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music

“The song you most can’t live without”
Vic Galloway BBC Radio Scotland

“You get the impression that John Peel would have loved this Band”
BBC Radio Bristol Introducing

“I love this band”
Niall Iain BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal