Snobcast: I Was A Cub Scout

Written by  //  February 18, 2008  //  The Conservatory  //  8 Comments

It seems funny that just two weeks ago I was denouncing electro-pop by playing Hot Chip and Boards of Canada, and this week I’m bringing you new UK synth-pop in the form of “Pink Squares” by I Was A Cub Scout.

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The first US released single from this band was dropped on the states last week. The former-one-man-now-two-man-band has been racking up air time on BBC Radio 1 and MTV 2. Although Todd Marriott‘s voice could easily front a run-of-the-mill emo band, he sounds more in the range of a new wave inspired Connor Oberst.

The band became a group in 2006 when William Bowerman signed on to play live drums , and the song “Pink Squares” is an early song that was released as an A-side around the same time. It is released here as a B-side with the song “Echoes” from the band’s first album I Want You To Know That There Is Always Hope, which was released today.

I hope the emo reference didn’t scare you off: IWABS is more Minus the Bear than Panic!; but do beware their synthyness. You can catch them at SXSW this year as part of the BBC 6 Music’s official showcase on Thursday March 13.


“Pink Squares” I Was A Cub Scout Single
“Throwin’ Shapes” Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
“Mistaken For Strangers” The National Boxer
“Shake Our Tree” The Rosebuds Birds Make Good Neighbors
“Heavy Metal” Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
“7/4 (Shoreline)” Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene
“My Sword Hand’s Anger” Apostle of Hustle The National Anthem of Nowhere
“Ex-Guru” The Fiery Furnaces Widow City
“Lake Michigan” Rogue Wave Asleep At Heaven’s Gate
“In This Temple, As In The Hearts Of Man For Whom He Saved The Earth” Sufjan Stevens Come On Feel The Illinoise!
“Wolves (Song of the Shepherd’s Dog)” Iron & Wine The Shepherd’s Dog
“Black Mountain Blues” Nick Drake Family Tree
“The Blower’s Daughter” Damien Rice O
“Breakdown (Feat. Jack Johnson)” Handsome Boy Modeling School White People
“Strings” Giant Panda Fly School Reunion (Japan Retail)
“Minimix” Mark Ronson
“I Can Do Anything (Delacratic)” De La Soul 3 Feet High And Rising
“The Hypnotic” The Roots Illadelph Halflife
“Why You Hate The Game” The Game Feat. Nas You Know What It Is Vol. 4
“Hello Brooklyn” Jay-Z ft. Lil Wayne American Gangster
“So Fresh, So Clean” Outkast Stankonia


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8 Comments on "Snobcast: I Was A Cub Scout"

  1. Col. Hector Bravado February 20, 2008 at 11:05 am · Reply

    Given that it can be hard to ID tracks if you’re not hawkishly watching every song break, I think “Heavy Metal” is my new favorite song.

  2. Team Donnybrook
    godonnybrook February 20, 2008 at 11:19 am · Reply

    That’s cool because I keep thinking that I don’t like Clap Your Hands, but then I keep playing that song.

  3. Ivyy February 20, 2008 at 2:46 pm · Reply

    Jack Johnson? Jack fuckign Johnson has managed to find his way into our elite world? I came to Donnybrook to escape him. Sigh.

  4. Bang Tango'ed February 21, 2008 at 7:08 am · Reply

    Don’t confuse Jack Johnson with the Handsome Boy Modeling School. Besides, hipster or not, the man is a professional surfer/rock star, which, in my humble opinion, beats having a few bike messenger friends any day. Forgive me, in advance, for reducing our hipster ideals into something so insignificant.

  5. Team Donnybrook
    godonnybrook February 21, 2008 at 12:05 pm · Reply

    Thank you Mr. Tango. Poor Ivvy doesn’t see the genius that is HBMS. There is a big difference between listening to a Jack Johnson composition and listening to his voice backed by a bangin’ Handsome Boy beat.

  6. Bang Tango'ed February 21, 2008 at 12:30 pm · Reply

    HBMS should be the official theme music of the DBWA. They epitomize Donnybrook ideals. Check their website if you need further validation.

  7. Ivyy February 21, 2008 at 12:35 pm · Reply

    I still maintain that I heard Jack Johnson within the sanctuary that is Donnybrook and I near fainted from the mediocrity. HBMS cannot save that man and his adult contemporary stylings.

  8. Bang Tango'ed February 21, 2008 at 12:37 pm · Reply

    He’s a rock star/surfer. There is nothing adult or contemporary about either.

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