Posts Tagged ‘The Vaselines’
I have to admit that it was a little odd to see The Vaselines open up for Superchunk last month. Although I love me some Superchunk and all the greatness they have brought to the indie music realm, Frances McKee and Eugene Kelly hold some classic enchantment over Laura Ballance, Mac McCaughan and their band for me. It was a comeback year for both bands and Superchunk put on a fantastic show (two encores!) but I was elated to finally see The Vaselines after their extremely long hiatus.
I about died when they played “Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam” and “Molly’s Lips” and even though McKee’s banter was rather PG rated when it came to her crazy stories told in that adorable Scottish accent, hearing the new album live was great as well. There will always be something entertaining about older musicians making an hour-long set of indie pop as dirty as possible.
If you were unaware of the fact that “Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam” served as a parody for the children’s hymnal, “I’ll Be A Sunbeam” then you may not like their video for “Sex With An Ex” which is sacrilegious in numerous ways… It’s fun in the wrong kind of way. At their age, The Vaselines are still on top of their game. Check the video out below and grab the mp3!
I’m a huge indie pop fan so when I heard that The Vaselines are releasing a new album after a two-decade hiatus, I was nothing less than stoked. They may have gotten popular in the US because of a big fan named Kurt Cobain but Eugene Kelly and Francis McKee were the ones who paved the way for the indie pop bands of today such as Belle & Sebastian (who will also be going on tour this fall). I still love Belle & Sebastian even if their sound has veered a bit too much toward the twee side but The Vaselines are a nice listen when you want to get back to the basics of indie pop and rock.
Their new album, Sex With An X, will be released on September 14 this year via Sub Pop Records and they’ll also be going on tour in support of the new material. For now the tour dates are only in Europe, but I’m hoping they’ll come across to the States as well.
Check out one of their new songs, “I Hate The 80′s” below! I’ve also included one of my old favorites, “Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam” (which was later changed to “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam” for obvious reasons.)