Snobcast: I Was A Cub Scout
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
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