We are Plaudits, an original band from Leicester and have been together for around six months.”
So went the opening words of an E-mail that I received a couple of weeks ago.
If ever a band wants to grab my attention then this is a pretty good way to go about it. Appeal to my sense of local pride by revealing that we have place in common.
But, I’ve been let down in such exchanges before now. I maintained caution. This is a city very good at fostering the spirit of sub-standard Kasabian tribute acts. And whilst those acts invariably will go on to headline the Shed on a Tuesday night, my thing on Sonic Breakfast is to pick out the wheat from the chaff.
Plaudits are building up towards the time when their first EP, Hinterland, is released in April. Before that, they’re releasing individual tracks from it, beginning with this tune ‘Honest’. When I first heard it, I could barely conceal my excitement. Here’s a band that are clearly giving thought to their craft and approach. This is a project with ambition akin to an experiment by Tony Wilson rather than a shambolic, haphazard, ‘let’s see where it takes us’ thing. Plaudits are two steps ahead of this game.
‘Honest’ is truthfully very great indeed. A soaring piece of electronica – a harder edged Two Door Cinema Club – a track that wouldn’t look out of place on the new New Order record.
I cannot wait to find out more about this band. Plaudits – they will take them..