DOWNLOAD: Fan Death - Veronica's Veil (MP3)
"Fan Death are the best new disco act we've heard since we bigged up Hercules & Love Affair in January. The best and the most authentic-sounding: they're not nu rave, or an indie-dance band, or a guitar group using a funk undercarriage. They've got the slightly wonky strings, elegant mid-tempo rhythms and female vocals of disco, recalling the music's golden age - ie. between the release of Donna Summer's Love To Love You Baby in 1975 and the ritual burning of disco records in that baseball stadium in Chicago that signalled the death of disco in 1979. They're a girl duo who recognise that all the best disco records were sung by women, and they sing in the blank, distracted manner of all the finest disco divas. Really, they hardly sing at all - they open their mouths and pout and this spookily, exquisitely blank, almost Teutonic sound comes out....Fan Death are playing Le Royale on February 5th. It's probably their NYC debut? Le Royale isn't very big. Tickets are only $5.00.
...Some actual, proper facts: Fan Death are the protégés of glam-trash DJ Erol Alkan, who on his remix gives the single extra electroclash-y oomph on the handclaps and bass. They're adored by superstar tastemaker Diplo. They're the subjects of blog hysteria. And in a press release they declare their intention to be to "make music that recalls the greatest era of electronic pop: Depeche Mode, OMD, New Order, Human League, Soft Cell and Pet Shop Boys." [Guardian]
Watch their official video for "Veronica's Veil", and all tour dates, below...
Fan Death - Veronica's Veil
Fan Death - 2009 Tour Dates
Jan 24 - Biltmore W/ Metronomy Vancouver, British Columbia
Feb 5 - Le Royale NYC, New York
Feb 6 - Wrong Bar Toronto, Ontario
Feb 7 - Club Lambi Montreal, Quebec
Feb 12 - Koko NME awards tour with Simian Mobile Disco + Chromehoof London
Feb 13 - Corsica Studios - with Heartbreak London
Feb 14 - Vega - House Of Music Copenhagen