The Deets - Charlie (In At The Eye Records) 
The Deets - Charlie

There's been a lot of talk recently about how TV exposure for new bands is restricted to chat shows, cookery shows and sports shows which is hugely sad but if you're in a band these days then it must be tempting to shrug your shoulders and just say "if you can't beat them, join them". Rightly or wrongly, this is what London quartet the Deets have done and it has increased their exposure to a wider audience having been featured on Soccer AM. Now the only problem I have with this is that a programme like Soccer AM, and it's audience, will lap up a song like 'Charlie' with its Kaiser Chiefs-esque shouty chorus and incomprehensible lyrics almost rapped over bluesy guitars, a la scouse 90s also-rans ManBreak. However, if a band were to send in a great folk ballad on mandolin and flute, would it get equal consideration such as it would have done in the heady days of the Tube and before Jools turned his show in to a glorified lock in with his mates? No matter, this isn't the fault of the Deets, they are simply playing the opposition that's put in front of them and using it to their advantage. I've got a sneaking suspicion that the live shows that these guys put on will be fairly lively as well so check them out on tour this autumn if you get a chance.

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Live Dates:

31st August - Arch 635, Clapham
25th September - Newcastle University Freshers'
28th September - 12 Bar, London
29th November - Urban Clun, Perugia

30th November - Contestaccio, Rome