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Eight Legs – gigs and video

February 11, 2010 by  

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Eight Legs – gigs and video

‘The Electric Kool-Aid Cuckoo Nest’ will be released on Monday 22nd February 2010 on the bands’ own Boot Legs label.

NME once described Eight Legs as “the Musical equivalent of Christiano Ronaldo, Eight Legs are young, sexy and you can’t help liking them”. A fast and furious quote for a band making the musical equivalent – danceable, energy fuelled blasts of fun.

Let’s not get too distracted by great tunes and declarations of sexiness though. For beneath the totally cool and accessible exterior lies a bunch of sharp and savvy individuals. The rather tongue-tying album title you see above is an amalgamation of Tom Wolfe’s 1968 literary work ‘The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test’ and the classic 1962 novel ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’; the author of which – Ken Kessey – inspired the former piece of work with his wayward adventures and LSD experimentation.

The album is preceded by the single ‘Best of Me’, out on Monday 15th February. Watch the video here:

An interest in drugs and the human condition fills ‘The Electric Kool-Aid Cuckoo Nest’, alongside musings on love, life and the various frustrations of growing-up in a seemingly unexciting generation, it brims with social commentary that is poetically charming in its beating heart honesty and youthful naivety, while simultaneously throwing out stabbing shards of insightfulness and raw awareness.

Musically it’s undoubtedly infectious, all twelve of its eclectic tunes linked in their Eight Legs signature of throbbing skyrocketing choruses and rip-roaring guitar, slightly raw and rough around the edges keeping it just the right side of pop-punk.

Forming in 2006 the band had overnight success rare for such newcomers. Creative Director Heidi Slimane personally handpicked them to soundtrack Dior Homme’s Paris fashion show that year, following in the footsteps of Razorlight and Beck to name a few. The track used ‘These Grey Days’ (from the bands debut) was also picked up by ad men with a good ear and is presently blasting from your TV on the ‘Boys Night Out’ anti-binge drinking campaign.

While other bands might have rested on their laurels, Eight Legs busied themselves setting up their own label Boot Legs, proudly established by cash earned from the above accolades and their incredible European success.

Catch Eight Legs on their UK tour in February:
19th Feb @ Club Strut, Doncaster
23rd Feb @ Barfly, Cardiff
24th Feb @ 93 Feet East, London
25th Feb @ The Rainbow, Birmingham
26th Feb @ Elbow Rooms, Leeds
27th Feb @ Roadhouse, Manchester
28th Feb @ Classic Grand, Glasgow



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