Review: Red Blooded Women at Water Rats

Red Blooded Women

Good new girl groups are far and few between. While we may have loved Sugababes back in the day and Girls Aloud are still owners of our heart, for everyone of them there’s also been a Clea, a Mania and a Frank. Now, more than ever since the time of Spice Power, new girl groups are trying to make it, with Red Blooded Women being one name in a long list.

Put together by Mark Pattison, a former journalist for Popjustice, you’d expect them to be sassy, edgy and poptastic and it seems they are just that. We caught Carly, Candy and Liz at one a small London gig at Water Rats last night playing to an excitable crowd in an excitable manner. There’s no faux graces or stage school wide eyes about these three, instead you’re kind of transported to the world of the Spice Girls before they were famous with cheeky on stage banter, flirting with the audience and leader of the gang Liz becoming your new best mate.

As The Saturdays make the first girl group chart stamp of 2008 with their Yazoo sampling ‘If This Is Love’, Red Blooded Women somehow manage to choose the same band to sample on opening track ‘Colour Me Dirty’. Typical of their sound, it’s big, brash and oozing with 80s synths much like debut single ‘You Made Your Bed’, complete with ‘With Every Heartbeat’ style breakdown. Our favourite song had to be cheeky PWL homage ‘Keep up The Attraction’ dedicated to Banarama and built with mischevious dance routines.

We have to be honest here, but we’re not entirely sure that all vocals we heard tonight were live. They were a bit too perfect, still we’re not talking about anything serious and chinstroking here, just pure unashamed pop calculated for dancefloor perfection.

Check them out online here and download a megamix of their forthcoming album here.

Gwenno Goes Solo

When Gwenno Saunders joined The Pipettes, we were outraged. Who was this polished blonde stunner ruining the quirkiness of our new favourite girl group? Now she’s the only Pips v2.0 member left, and we love her.

Early on in the Pipettes days Gwenno began posting songs on her myspace page. The first was the uber cute ‘Lime Cordial’ but more recently she’s released a whole mini EP that’s been offered up for free download.

Perfectly described by the lady herself as ‘Ace of Base produced by The Postal Service’ with a hint of Hot Chip, the EP is a calm ride through some laid back electronic pop. Drum machines and programmed keys make up most of the music, and Gwenno’s sweet voice shines through.

Here’s my two favourite tracks:

She’s Got Me On Her Mind [MP3]
You & I [MP3]

Mercury Music Prize 2008

I’ve not listened to nearly enough albums in the last year to do this accurately, but I’m about to head down to Covent Garden to hear the Mercury Music Prize nominations. Here’s what I’m expecting to hear (bar the random ones no ones ever heard of)

Neon Neon – Stainless Steel
Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
Kate Nash – Made of Bricks
Roisin Murphy – Overpowered
Burial – Untrue
Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of the Understatement
Portishead – Third
MIA – Kala
Robert Plant & Alison Krauus – Raising Sand
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
Radiohead – In Rainbows
Adele – 19