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London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE

London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
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"Remodel in 2 sentences"

Sound like Maximo park and The Kaiser Chiefs shagging The Jam [young-ish indie bands often abuse old punk acts in this way] God dammit this is all good! They blend 1st and 2nd generation punkishness mightily well.
- The London Particular

"Remodel in a sentence"

Urgent pop dressed as gentlemen but played in a fridge owned by The Stranglers.
- Winglab Conspiracy

"Belle Dame Review"

London nu wavers Remodel look great. In their suits and skinny ties they look like a jumble sale Jam or Franz Ferdinand at Oxfam. One day all bands will look like Remodel, and if they don't the bloody well should.

The band's sound is as sharp as the lapels on their suits and will appeal to fans of classic Brit pop.

On the band's new single 'La belle dame sans merci', released earlier this month on Sad Gnome Records, lead singer Leigh Swinn's sonorous crooning sounds like he's had a larynx transplant with Gene's Martin Rossiter as the donor, while behind him the band cook up a traditional English mixed grill of , The Who and The Jam. The b-side (isn't this really redundant in these digital days?) 'Us and Them' and 'Cognoscenti' , the track provided for download below, are altogether spikier, like refugees from the Roxy in 1978 shacking up with the The Kaiser Chiefs.

They're Remodel and they're sounding good.
- The Devil Has The Best Tunes

"Cognoscenti Review"

Remodel are a Shropshire born band who are now residing in London and from listening to thiks double a-side offering they have every chance of making it in the big smoke and beyond. Both Formula and Cognoscenti are written in the best traditions of British punk, vitriolic, pacey and with a real edge to them, musically it’s probably nearer to new-wave than punk and the lead singer (Leigh Swinn) has a touch of the Joe Strummer in his vocals, which is no bad thing. It’s a promising release from a band that are well worth keeping an eye out for, especially if they are playing live as I imagine they put on a good show. - The Beat Surrender


I typically don't fall for the double A-sided single concept - singles are naturally meant to have an A-side and a b-side (and whether the band contributes a solid song or a throwaway on the b-side is up to them). This record is one of many double A-sided singles I've seen, but they actually provided an alternate sleeve design for each side, so I guess that were it not for the A/AA markings on the record's label, either side is worthy to be considered the lead track. The music itself is mod-inspired pop in the vein of Sportique and the Higher Elevations, with a pair of energetic and catchy songs. I don't know much else about this London band - most importantly, how I can hear more from them), but I'd certainly love to! - Indie Pages

"British Racing Green"

They've come a long way since I first saw them many moons ago. London based Remodels debut single was recently released on Sad Gnome Records. It features a tune that is almost their signature tune 'British Racing Green' and 'That Obscure Subject Called Desire'. The first track opens up with a deep baseline that slowly progresses with drum and guitar. It's a delightfully punchy sound that is complimented by crisp clear vocals (provided by Leigh Swinn). The level of the vocal in this number would be best compared to The Rakes. With catchy lyrics discussing the delights of getting away from it all in a British Racing Green car! It then builds up to a frantic finish with a frenetic drumbeat and racing guitars. A fine example of Indie music on offer by Remodel. The second A-side shows the diversity of the band with a different sound that reminds me more of northeastern bands. This however does not mean it differs in the punchy sound that 'British Racing Green' does. With slick lyrics and a catchy guitar riff its one that's been on my favourite play list recently. I was really impressed by this and despite receiving the vinyl free I popped on to Itunes and purchased the mp3's of the songs. Well worth a listen (check out their myspace) and bob on to itunes to listen to and perhaps purchase a fine piece of Indie pop. - Dom Chalk


British Racing Green / That Obscure Subject Called Desire - Single

Formula / Cognoscenti - Single

La Belle Dame Sans Merci / Us & Them - Single

Statues - Mini-Album



Remodel are a guitar band, this is obvious by virtue of the fact they have a guitar player. They are also a pop band, but pop in the sense of bands like the Who, The Smiths and blur. Like all classic British pop bands they are a fourpiece.

Frontman Mr Leigh Swinn is quite tall and dark, the sort people see in crystal balls. Always smartly attired and often caustic with his words.

Guitarist Mr Mark Heffernan is small and angry. He likes noise and cricket. He is also fond of tea.

Mr Adam Knight, bass, is a skyscraper, he is the young buck of the band. He uses his height to great advantage and is easily found in a crowd. Often he depends on the kindness of strangers.

Mr Ian Fourie plays a mean drumkit and spends days gazing at the sky under northern clouds, prophesising the end of the world.

Exiled Salopians to a man, they plough their own Elysian Fields and wait for their seeds to germinate.