Tamborines // In Short

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“Something always rhymes with goodbye.” That’s the infectious chorus on the opening song of The Tamborines’ new album, Sea of Murmur, which will be welcomed into the world with a headline gig at the Lexington on March 31st.

The Brazilian-born, London duo’s second album was played, recorded and mixed by Henrique Laurindo (vocals/guitar) and Lulu Grave (drums/vocals) in their former Shepherds Bush home studio in true DIY spirit. The previous heavy fuzz and swirling sounds of their debut Camera and Tremor have been reined in to make way for a more melodic and direct approach, showcasing the band’s disparate influences of The Lemonheads, Echo and The Bunnymen and Sebadoh.

But lurking beneath the jangling chords and swish harmonies you get the sense that something a bit darker is going on, hence the opening chorus. And lyrically, the record strikes a distinctly emotional chord that serves as a snapshot of their relationship coming to an end.

“Things were falling apart between the two of us, so we decided that this record had to be a more personal and humane statement than our debut,” explains Henrique. “There’s certainly a lo-fi feel to it, but the meaning of each song is the main focus really.” While keyboard-player turned drummer Lulu Grave added: “It would have been far too easy to just drown the songs with cool heavy synths, fuzz and feedback, but we trusted our instincts and simply aimed for a more candid and primitive record.”

The band’s psyche is also heavily plagued by images from the silver screen, with many of the songs referencing filmmakers, such as Fellini’s Thorn, and films, including Ghost at The Lighthouse – which was the last to be recorded and began as an instrumental track, but mutated into a song inspired by Hans Richter’s silent movie, Ghost Before Breakfast.

For their upcoming Lexington show, Henrique and Lulu will be joined by bassist Rodrigo Cesar to help flesh out their invigorating sound. They will be joined on the night by special guest Maxim Barron of Toy for a DJ set. But before they set off for north London, we asked Henrique the tough questions:

If I had to describe my music in 3 words, I’d use…
Jangly Noise Pop

My favourite film ever is…
Persona, by Ingmar Bergman

The most famous person I’ve met is…
The Brazilian president, but I was only seven. Does that count? More recently, Scott Walker.

The song I hate the most is…
The one that Noel Gallagher sings.

The worst job I’ve ever had is…
Customer Service Advisor

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
The Black Tamborines, a tribute to Black Tambourine.

My favourite word is…
Love

If I had a super power I’d want it to be…
Time-travel

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
Reading Festival 1992. But Reading Festival now would also be acceptable.

I think you should listen to…
Our new record! And our mates Sky Between Leaves.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Big Star (with Alex Chilton and Chris Bell) or Henry’s Dress.

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Live: The Lexington – March 31st