In a blog entry of June 5, 2013, we introduced the London-based band Arthur Beatrice to Indie Obsessive. The song “Carter” raised our interest and caused us to explore other releases by the band. “Charity” caught our attention. To access the June 5th entry CLICK HERE.
We are never sure how well a band is doing in other countries. In fact, we don’t always know the level of attention received by particular bands on the other side of the United States. We are hopeful that Arthur Beatrice has a high level of visibility in the U.K. and throughout Europe. But they don’t seem to be on the radar of many music enthusiasts in the U.S. The latest release by Beatrice Arthur may remove them from stealth mode.
Yes, we like “Carter” and “Chastity.” That’s evident from the fact that we dedicated a blog entry to the band. But “Grand Union” is certainly a cut above. Arthur Beatrice is headed in the right direction and we have our thumb out, hitchhiker style.
Features of “Grand Union” that we particularly enjoy include the shoegaze guitar work and the band choir.
As already noted, Arthur Beatrice is based in London. The members of the band are Orlando Leopard (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, organ), Ella Girardot (lead vocals, keyboards, organ) and brothers Elliot (drums, backing vocals) and Hamish Barnes (bass, backing vocals).