I completely forgot about this song for a really long time, I had it in my drafts section with no text, just the audio file. Luckily, I remembered I had it in there and I get to share it with you.
With such an infectious vocal part by the very eccentric Brit with Banhart-type iconic hair, a driving piano part accompanied with a simple clickty-clacking of drum sticks it is hard not to tap your foot.
It starts with a rough outline. For Dark Science I have a basic script and story outline, and I decided how much of that script can/should fit onto a standard page. From there I start working out what I needed to draw.
With this page I started with sketching Nephilopolis….
A fantastic explanation of the process that goes into crafting an excellent comic.
French Kicks are an indie rock group from New York City, USA. Formed in 1998, their sound is a mix of garage rock, post-punk, and modded pop.
Three of the original four band members, bassist Jamie Krents, vocalist/drummer Nick Stumpf, and vocalist/guitarist Matthew Stinchcomb, are from Washington, D.C. They were heavily influenced by the hardcore scene that flourished during their youth in the D.C. area. They began playing together in a series of bands while in their teens and then all attended Oberlin College in Ohio, where they continued to play together. The three friends then moved to Brooklyn, New York after college, where the French Kicks were formed with vocalist/guitarist Josh Wise, a Princeton grad who originally hailed from Huntsville, Alabama.
In 1999 they released a self titled EP The French Kicks under the label My Pal God. Soon, after a lot of touring, the band signed to Startime International. They soon released the Young Lawyer EP in 2001. The group then embarked on a tour with fellow garage rockers The Vue and The Walkmen. In 2002 they released their first full length album, One Time Bells. Jamie Krents departed the band the next year, and was replaced on bass by Lawrence Stumpf, Nick’s younger brother. In 2004, their next album, The Trial of the Century was released.
Who was expecting this? I saw a teaser video on Drowned in Sound about the making of the album, and it was rumored to be released in early 2011, and yet here is a new single by the band. This is NOT the Cut Copy I am used to, but damn if they don’t know how to create an incredible melody that just situates itself in your mind and won’t let up. Earworm all the way…
“We feel cold, but we don’t mind it, because we will not come to harm. And if we wrapped up against the cold, we wouldn’t feel other things, like the bright tingle of the stars, or the music of the Aurora, or best of all the silky feeling of moonlight on our skin. It’s worth being cold for that.”—