Described as an enticing mix of sensual, reverb-drenched guitars and edgy, rhythmic art-pop or what they would call it: “Maximist Heartbreak Pop”, Belfast-based Yes Cadets with singer/ guitarist Alan Haslam, singer/ drummer Lisa Mageean and bassist Steven Matthews will be releasing their first EP “Le Mans” on September 17th on Humming Records / Rough Trade. The single “Le Mans” will be released August 20th.
The trio began playing together in 2009, crafting a distinctive sound inspired by everyone from LCD Soundsystem and The Knife to The Cure and My Bloody Valentine. They rapidly gained buzz for their magnetic live performance, earning high profile festival slots across Europe (Glastonbury, MiDEM, Berlin Festival) and support slots with luminaries The Antlers, Yuck and Guillemots.
An early, home recorded version of the Yes Cadets track “Le Mans” was picked up by the BBC and soon playlisted on daytime Radio 1. Brimming with atmospheric pop hooks and pulsing cinematic lament “Le Mans” made waves amongst the indie-pop blogosphere and the mainstream music press alike whilst still only in raw demo form.
And what about the band name? It doesn’t only capture optimisim but also the connection to their hometown: “We were starting to refine our sound and work out what kind of music we wanted to make. It felt like a graduation of sorts, and Yes Cadets projected that feeling of optimism. There is also a strange juxtaposition of positivity and militarism to the name, reflecting the same strange juxtaposition at the heart of the city we live in.”
You can see the video for “Le Mans” here: http://youtu.be/fID8I7paR0o
Yes Cadets will be playing two shows in August, European tour coming in November:
01.08.2012 Whelan’s – Dublin, IR
02.08.2012 The Managerie – Belfast, UK
More shows to be announced soon.
Source- Humming Records