It's A Bit Complicated - Art Brut
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They formed a band, released a string of brilliant singles and a brilliant debut album, then packed all their worldly possessions into a suitcase and set off to conquer the world. Now London-based five piece Art Brut return with their brilliant new album 'It's A Bit Complicated'.
Since humble beginnings at the hub of the New Cross (London) DIY scene and the release of their debut album 'Bang Bang Rock And Roll' in 2005, the gilded palace of rock and roll has opened itself up to Art Brut. From the sublime (support slots with Oasis and Ghostface Killah, with Russell Simmons, Gnarls Barkley and Wyclef Jean queuing to meet them backstage) to the ridiculous (spawning Art Brut franchise groups across the globe, including a certain Art Brut 47, AKA We Are Scientists), Art Brut have become America's favourite sons, appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel show, featuring in Spin magazine's Top 25 Greatest Live Acts and reaching number 3 in Pitchfork's esteemed albums of the year poll.
Now they return with 'It's A Bit Complicated' - a record produced by Dan Swift (famed for his work with Kasabian, Snow Patrol, The Futureheads and Franz Ferdinand among others) at London's Terminal Studios, It's A Bit Complicated sees Art Brut picking up where they left off - with a set of songs that are clever, arch, rallying, and most importantly for a band who formed with the dream of appearing on Top Of The Pops, unashamedly pop. While Eddie Argos' lyrics remain front and centre - razor sharp and commanding Art Brut with rigid, comedic discipline - 'It's A Bit Complicated' is bigger, and more importantly, better than anything Art Brut have done previously. From the DIY prog guitar solo on 'Pump Up The Volume' and the hair metal riffs and Weezeresque backing vocals of forthcoming single 'Direct Hit' ("What's wrong? Scared to commit? Get on the dancefloor it's a DIRECT HIT!"), to the coming of age sentiment and squealing guitar of 'Nag Nag Nag Nag', the album is the sound of Art Brut growing up a little bit, while remaining as smart and exciting as ever.