Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Life With Out Buildings - Any Other CIty

Life Without Buildings was a band from Glasgow, Scotland that existed for about 3 years in the early 2000's. They played very catchy, poppy post-punk/indie-rock that reminds me of bands like Ghosts & Vodka or American Football (maybe not as technical) but the thing that sets them apart is the vocals. Vocalist Sue Tompkins rambles/shouts/raps over the music, sometimes stuttering on one word for a few bars, sometimes repeating the same line over and over. The lyrics seem very loose and sometimes seem to be almost nonsensical which really integrates them in as a part of the soundscape the band creates. The songs are deceptively simple, and upon first listen may not hook you, but after a few listens I'm definitely digging this record quite a bit. The only issue I have with this record is the song "Sorrow" which sort of floats off into a different direction of the rest of the songs, and really stands out as the weakest track. Check out the Songs "The Leanover" and "Young Offenders", they're both fantastic and will likely be stuck in your head for days.

(PS. I'd love to hear what people think of this, good or bad. It's an interesting record, but one that not everyone will love.)


  1. I think what makes the record so unique is the thing that stops me from getting into the record. I am talking about the vocals. Just as I start to like the song and get into the vocal arrangement drastically changes and I fell out of the song. I find the instrumentals to be quite adequite and very complimentary but the vocals are a point I have not got passed yet.

  2. Don't listen to the chump above - this album is crazy good. Her vocals are strange and unique and fitting. I'll rep this hard.

  3. Re-upload? Please?