Song of the day – 303: Nova Scotia
There’s Feathers, and they’re great. And there’s Nova Scotia, and they’re pretty good too.
It’s Brisbane, and it’s 2011. It’s New York City, and it’s 1991. Twenty years difference. I used to write songs about far less. I associate these two bands – a brother band, a sister band, awkward Pavement and Sonic Youth fans all – because 1) their music seems rooted to a time and place far removed from the reality I find myself immersed within (I’m not saying my reality is, or should be, theirs), a music that I once attained a small degree of notoriety for championing, and 2) the first time I heard either, I was playing on the same bill. So be it. I’m fond of this music, done well (i.e. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DUPLICATE THE SOUND). It would be ridiculous to claim otherwise. It’s just that I’ve … um… heard quite a lot of it. I know. These musicians were barely alive when I was being barricaded into bathrooms by junkie models looking to get laid. So their perspective is way different. Doesn’t mean that mine should be altered to tally with theirs. That would be crazy talk.
So, whatever. Nova Scotia have an album out. This, being Brisbane, means I should declare a prior interest. Lofly, their record label, asked Edward Guglielmino to help publicise the record. He got someone to drive him all the way out to The Gap, just so he could drop off a heavy duty 12-inch vinyl version of the album.
“If you don’t like it Jerry, give it back to me so we can sell it again,” he instructed. “You might like the final song, ‘The World Is Not Enough’.”
Well, fuck you Ed. You’re not having this back. I DO like the final song ‘The World Is Not Enough’. It’s like the most outrageous but still ridiculously fun Pavement tribute I’ve heard since the glory (hem) days of Sammy. I’ve listened to it five times now, and defy even new QLD resident Spiral Stairs to tell the two bands apart. Once, I used to get angry at such blatant plagiarism. Now, I find it sweet and endearing. Weird, huh?
Would I be enjoying this so much if Nova Scotia weren’t local? They are local, so the question doesn’t arise.