Thursday, March 11, 2010

Still kicking: Echo and the Bunnymen

Last I heard of Echo and the Bunnymen, they were providing the soundtrack for Jake Gyllenhaal's weird escapades in Donnie Darko. Turns out I've been living under a rock; the band released The Fountain, their third album of the 21st century, last fall. They're now giving out one of its tracks, "Proxy," as a free download to spread the buzz about their upcoming US tour. (They hit New York's Irving Plaza on May 1st.)

I have to say, "Bedbugs and Ballyhoo" holds a pretty high place in my mind (traumatic title notwithstanding), but I do like this track -- it has a Dandy Warhols feel to it that is refreshingly upbeat in this age of, well ... everything.