Samuel Fry has heard the description before: His East London band Life in Film is all about “jangle pop” — the kind of chiming or jangling guitars and pop melodies that were popular in the 1960s.
“Jangle pop is probably kind of accurate, particularly for our first single, ‘Get Closer,’” said Fry, the band’s lead singer. “But our next single, ‘Full Circle,’ is a bit different, a bit moody. We don’t really have a formula. It just kind of depends on how the song starts to take shape. But the bass lines are quite melodic, the guitar parts are quite jangly and picky, I guess that’s where they get this ‘jangly’ from.”
Life in Film
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, 79 N. Pearl St., Albany
HOW MUCH: $10.27–$1.02
MORE INFO: 426-8550, www.thehollowalbany.com, www.weqx.com
Fry and the gang — guitarist Edward Ibbotson, bassist Dominic Sennett and drummer Micky Osment — will jangle The Hollow in Albany on Saturday. The show is sponsored by Vermont alternative radio station WEQX (102.7-FM) so some gimmick ticket pricing will be in play: The first 100 tickets will be sold for $1.02. After that, admission will be $10.27.
Life in Film, which supported The Wombats this past spring on a 23-stop North American tour, arrived in Los Angeles this past weekend and performed a single gig Tuesday before heading to upstate New York for shows this weekend at The Hollow and in Rochester.
The band will stick around the states to perform in New York City, Washington and Philadelphia. So life in Life in Film is good right now.
“We were pretty jet-lagged,” Fry said. “We had a good sleep and now we’re in the sunshine. We’re all a bit pasty from the U.K., so we might try to lie in the sun for a bit.”
Life in Film has been active since 2010. Fry said it took some time to record and release the first album, “Here It Comes,” earlier this year.
“That’s just how it goes in the music business, really,” Fry said. “Now that it’s out, we’re excited by that and in the meantime we’re writing some new material that we’re really pleased with and we’ve been trying to demo it. So that’s quite an exciting period for us, like when you’re first getting your shoes off the ground, that’s kind of the most fun bit, in a way.”
It’s not a challenge distinguishing Life in Film from other bands.
“If it is difficult, than we don’t know about it,” Fry said. “We’ve always done what we do. Generally, we just go with what feels right to us, rather than doing something we’re not comfortable with.”
And while Fry can explain jangle pop, he has a harder time talking about Life in Film as an indie band.
“I think the term ‘indie’ is completely lost now. Nobody really knows what it means when you say you’re an indie band,” Fry said. “You get locked in with this intangible genre that’s lost whatever it originally meant. It’s not a term that means that much to us.”
Playing live means quite a bit.
“You can convey more energy and more passion sometimes than you can in the studio situation,” Fry said. “I think we’ll probably be a bit noisier and messy than our recording, but hopefully a lot of fun.”
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