INTERVIEW

“Brighton is nice. And nice is good. It’s where The Pipettes shimmy along the promenade in polka dot summer dresses, past hopeless romantics The Maccabees, whose modesty balances the snob-pop expanding egos of pork-pie hatted goons The Kooks. Donkey rides are enjoyed by a thriving musical community and nobody swears, ever. FACT! See, nice is […]

“Brighton is nice. And nice is good. It’s where The Pipettes shimmy along the promenade in polka dot summer dresses, past hopeless romantics The Maccabees, whose modesty balances the snob-pop expanding egos of pork-pie hatted goons The Kooks. Donkey rides are enjoyed by a thriving musical community and nobody swears, ever. FACT! See, nice is good. But it’s not great.

Musically, This City are changing all of that. With their screamo hardcore and “jazzed up dance beats”, these five Biffy supporting, tat hungry fans of American alt. rock, are about to pick up from where Test-Icicles left off and Shut Your Eyes And You’ll Burst Into Flames have somehow still managed to stall. And we owe it all to a man called Woody.

“We met at a tattoo convention on Brick Lane, through a mutual friend” begins guitarist Arran. “Woody is our tattoo artist and through him we got talking.”

That’s how Arran met singer Chris, before the ever-reliable Woody connected George (the only man on earth to rock a Yoda tattoo with grace and aplomb) to the lineup on bass and Guy as guitarist number two. Drummers have come and gone more times than an even clumsier Spinal Tap but one main comparison has stuck with the band.

“Everyone says we sound like At The Drive In,” says Arran proudly “which is a good thing because I love that band. But it was never the intention. When we first started off we were going for a sound like Sigur Ros and Thursday. But then we jazzed it up a bit, put some dance beats behind it and it ended up sounding more like Test-Icicles. Now, for me, I’d say that Blood Brothers influence the sound. For Chris it’s Trophy Scars.”

As collective Bloc Party fans, This City are also something of a rare breed within the hardcore world. When the time comes for commercial success (and as Label Fandango debut release, ‘Romantic’/’With Loaded Guns’ suggests, it is coming) they’re sure to embrace it on their terms, while the likes of Enter Shikari struggle to comprehend getting what they want, the way they want it.

Live, This City will blow the polka dots right off a Pipette at 100 yards. We thank them for that, and for making British hardcore credible once more. “

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