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Tell me about Pram
« on: July 08, 2019, 07:47:41 PM »
A friend wants me to go and see these with him next month and, bizarrely, I don't think I've heard anything by them. I say bizarrely as they seem like the kind of band I should at least know stuff about - they're on Domino, often lumped in with bands I love (Plone, Broadcast), I even used to be quite friendly with one of them (Matt) when I used to go and see The Sea Urchins - but I know fuck all about them. Any recommendations regarding faves and worsties? Isn't one of them a right wing dickshit now?

Re: Tell me about Pram
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2019, 08:00:56 PM »
I'd totally forgotten about these guys, but Sargasso Sea was something I liked in the 90s. Good to hear they're still going.

Re: Tell me about Pram
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2019, 08:02:01 PM »
Yes one of them is a terrible person now and I won't go into it. I really like The Stars Are So Big, The Earth Is So Small... Stay as You Are, which has a hushed and spectral quality that very few records could pull off.

Neil Kulkarni's write-up is very good, as was everything else in this series: https://thequietus.com/articles/07618-part-four-the-best-album-of-the-nineties

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Re: Tell me about Pram
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2019, 08:05:10 PM »
From what little I know (the album Dark Island) they’re very good and share some striking similarities to Broadcast.

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Re: Tell me about Pram
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2019, 08:14:40 PM »
they are brilliant, their last album was one of their best and they are on tour soon, all good

Re: Tell me about Pram
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2019, 08:39:54 PM »
What I’ve heard definitely has some of the Domino trademarks - tweeness, ramshackle approach - but it all felt a bit tuneless and irritating compared to similar, better bands. Trying a bit too hard to be arty. But it pushes some people’s buttons, so maybe one of those things you should try for yourself?

Re: Tell me about Pram
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2019, 08:48:05 PM »
I remember liking the idea more than the delivery and the vocals too often drifting past the lushness of Trish and into actually-annoying territory. Worth a go though. Never not liked a band for trying too hard to be not dull.

Re: Tell me about Pram
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2019, 09:06:49 PM »
I think their trajectory drifts toward annoying but they start out as a singular force.

Re: Tell me about Pram
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2019, 09:11:17 PM »
The Bad One left the band and now writes incredibly poisonous think-pieces for Spiked. Her vocals were often the weak link in the band so it's not such a great loss.

Re: Tell me about Pram
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2019, 09:18:50 PM »
I think their weak voices were part of the charm early on. Wouldn't want 'In Dreams You Too Can Fly' sung by anyone else.

But yes it is a bit mad how Rosie became head of a salon for 'free thinkers' (the events seem reasonably broad minded) but only writes from that voice that Spiked have made their own, the intellectual wing of Gammonry.

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Re: Tell me about Pram
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2019, 06:54:09 AM »
The Bad One left the band and now writes incredibly poisonous think-pieces for Spiked. Her vocals were often the weak link in the band so it's not such a great loss.

The aptly named Rosie "Cuck"ston.

Re: Tell me about Pram
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2019, 07:14:36 AM »
I didn't know that, what a shame. From Sleepy Sweet to Spiked. Ugh.
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Re: Tell me about Pram
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2019, 09:22:14 AM »
The latest album is definitely one of their best. Start there, and go and see them!