Found Sounds: Beaty Heart

drums just out of shot

Sort of like Peckham’s very own Liquid Liquid, Beaty Heart make experimental pop that blends Afro polyrhythms, psychedelic loops and lo-fi production with a whole lot of drumming. And I mean a whole lot of drumming: three of them drum, and when they play live they hand out drums so that members of the audience can join in with the drumming too.

I asked Charlie from the band to put down the drums for just one second and tell us which tracks (drum-based or otherwise) have a special place in their collective heart.

A song you can’t get out of your head right now?  

Blondie – ‘The Tide Is High’. I heard it on the radio a few weeks back and it’s been stuck ever since. There is nothing in this song that anyone should really like but it’s so fucking more-ish. I don’t know why. I wish I had something cool stuck in my head but cool songs usually aren’t that good.

The song that inspired Beaty Heart into existence?

Kocani Orkestar – ‘Siki Siki BaBa’. Rambunctious chanting, repetitive trumpet licks with a wild chaotic chorus. Once heard it’s very difficult to stop shaking your BaBa!

The first song you ever bought?

Lou Bega – ‘Mambo Number 5’. I lost my shit to this when I heard it on Top Of The Pops back in ‘99. The pencil moustache, the zoot suit and the trumpets, it’s got everything.

The greatest ever song?

The Tornadoes – ‘Telstar’. One of the most luscious rounds I have ever come across – probably explains why it was number one for so long in the ’60s. Oh and the killer key change(s)!

A song to calm the savage beast?

At the Drive-in – ‘One Armed Scissor’. It might not tame the beast but it will snap its neck and eats its children.

Beaty Heart will (mostly) play (drums) at The Vice issue launch party at theOld Blue Last on 29th September and Clash Magazine’s One To Watch show at the Lexington on 6th October.

This article originally appeared on Spoonfed on 22 September 2011


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