Roughly about a year and a half ago I caught Get Back Guinozzi! play a support slot at a gig in Dublin and I quickly fell in love with them. I’m a sucker for Gallic pop bands and must confess that any half-decent melody that’s wrapped around some French vocals will nearly always have me exposing my inner francophilia. The band is the brainchild of two French friends who, a few years ago, began exchanging song ideas back and forth between London and Toulon.
Together they’ve written a collection of infectiously poppy tracks that are filled with a quirky 60’s vibe and a giddy sense of summertime. To get a better picture of their sound try and imagine what the Tom Tom Club or some early Slits records might sound like if they were mixed with some lo-fi tropical funk; I think it’s fair to say that that’s a pretty fun combination. Last year they released their debut album Carpet Madness on FatCat Records which is well worth tracking down. The album features an excellent cover of the Junior Murvin track Police and Thieves which I’ve shared with you above. Check it out!
Editor’s Note: Randomly enough, Erik over at Friends of Type made a Police & Thieves illustration and it was too good not to throw onto this post. Clearly, great minds think alike, even if one of those minds is in Ireland and the other San Francisco. Great work on this Erik, especially loving the E lighting S’s cigar.