So I was perusing the February issue of SPIN magazine today when I happened to cross an article entitled “Who’s Next?”, showcasing bands on the verge of being the “next big thing” (I’m sure if SPIN had been around in 1982, Wham! would have made the cut). 2008’s version of “Who’s Next” included acts Black Tide, The Wombats, B.O.B., and the always fantastic Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s. SPIN labeled Margot “Cello-Laden Folk Rock” an appropriate title for a band that blows me away each and every time I get my hands on something new: a bootleg, a live release, whatever it may be.
I stumbled upon Margot (named after Gwenyth Paltrow's character in The Royal Tenenbaums) in 2006, shortly after the release of their album “The Dust of Retreat”. One listen, and I was hooked, the crooning of front man Richard Edwards, the beautiful vocal harmonies of Emily Watkins, and the amazing play of band members Andy Fry, Chris Fry, Erik Kang, Tyler Watkins, Casey Tennis, and Hubert Glover. This talented octet offered up variety, and depth in music that SPIN cleverly labeled “Sex Folk”.
In 2008 Margot will be releasing their next studio album “Animal!”, which SPIN claims is a small retreat from “sex folk” and into “panic pop”, whatever that means. I can assure you, I will be first in line to pick up the new release (due out this summer, courtesy of EPIC records). The track-list has been guarded heavily, and one can only guess which songs will appear on it, for now, you’ll have to listen to the old Margot I learned to love in years past: