Friday, 10 June 2011

The Hairs: Kool Gawd

The key influences on the US pop underground in the past 5 years have been the TVPs and The Clean. Over two snappily infectious albums, Knight School took their cue from the TVPs. Now, Knight School’s Kevin Alvir is reading from The Clean’s song sheet, or more specifically David Kilgour’s work, in new band The Hairs.

Flying Nun nuts might hear some Verlaines Juvenilia in The Hairs – not surprising, really, if you remember Knight School did the Verlaines-referencing Death and the Cleaning Maiden – and the typical, uh, juvenilia of Alvir himself on Duh x 12, the kick-off song on 4-track 7” Kool Gawd.

“Hello I need a new start and this is my art,” Alvir sings on Scabies Babies and you gotta hand it to him – this lo-fi, frenetic, fun and fuzzy guitar pop gets The Hairs racing out of the traps.

There are loads more of their (ace)songs on bandcamp.


  1. They're on the 2nd batch of the Odd Box Singles Club too! Aces!

  2. Just as well I gave in to your emotional blackmail and bought a subscription!

  3. Send me yr address so I can post it out!