Fans of melodic pop music rejoice, the debut single from My Sad Captains takes the country-tinged American sounds of Sparklehorse and Wilco and lends them a sparkling, harmony-rich pop edge.
Recorded by Dan Lea (By The Fireside, M Craft) at his Golden Hum studio and subsequently mixed by Paul Hollingworth (586) and mastered at Abbey Road, “Bad Decisions” pitches singer Ed Wallis’ languid delivery against Cathy Lucas’ insanely infectious “Ba-Ba-Ba-Da”s for what could well be this summer’s indie underground smash.
Not only that, but if you check out the luscious B-side “Here And Elsewhere” you’ll discover it’s merely by dint of BPMs that it’s not the lead track here, the boy-girl vocals intertwining to create a rare fragility. Based in Camden, and named after a poem by Thom Gunn.
Without ever releasing a note they’ve already been picked by The Fly magazine as ones to watch in 2007 and had radio play from Steve Lamacq on Radio 1 and BBC 6Music, Claire Sturgess on XFM and by Nic Harcourt on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic show.
Already live favourites on the London gig curcuit they’ve sung their hearts out across town with the likes of Tilly and the Wall, Loney Dear, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and Rumblestrips, as well as a recent support slot to The Broken Family Band at Koko. The band have recently recorded a version of “Hundreds Of Sparrows” for inclusion on the forthcoming Sparklehorse tribute album.
Thoroughly unpretentious, My Sad Captains’ pop sensibilities are a welcome respite from the legions of Clash tribute bands in tight jeans clogging up the capital. “Bad Decisions” is just the first of many simple, magical pleasures to come.
''Like Calexico's poppier cousins...genuinely tuneful country tinged songs… one of the capital's best kept secrets' (The Fly)