Cajun Dance Party 'The Race'

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The band came into being when guitarist Robbie Stern invited Daniel Blumberg (vocals), Max Bloom (bass guitar), William Vignoles (drums) and Vicky Freund (keys) to start playing together, originally to participate in their school ‘battle of the bands’ in 2005. In their first few band practices, the 15 year olds began working on their first four songs, ‘The Next Untouchable’, ‘Colourful Life’, ‘Amylase’ and ‘Buttercups’, which were recorded as demos and submitted to their myspace site shortly after.

The band played their first few shows at the West London all ages club night ‘Way Out West’, performing in the bar beneath Brentford FC football stadium. Way Out West was well known for putting on many up and coming bands such as Jamie T, Late of the Pier, Video Nasties, and Laura Marling. The organizer of the event, Keith Anderson, began to manage the band shortly after. Their first single, ‘The Next Untouchable’, was released on Anderson’s record label as a limited edition 7″ single, with 500 copies being put into production.

Cajun Dance Party’s debut album was entitled The Colourful Life, and was released in April 2008. The band recorded the album sessions with Bernard Butler at the recording studio, West Heath Yard, owned by Edwyn Collins. ‘West Heath Yard’ was also a music industry spoof which aired for a short while on channel 4 in 1999, The album consisted of 9 tracks, with singles from the album including ‘Colourful Life’, ‘The Race’, and ‘Amylase’. The album was given 4/5 in the Guardian. [2]

The band have made many festival appearances in the UK and abroad, performing at such festivals as Reading and Leeds, Glastonbury, Oxegen, T in the Park, Underage Festival, Camden Crawl, Summersonic Festival in Japan and Les Inrocks tour in France. The first new song to be heard after ‘The Colourful Life’ is called ‘5 days’, and a demo of the song was recently given away free on the band’s mailing list.

Currently, the band are working on their second album due for release in 2009
Les Cajuns sont des francophones , descendants des colons, déportés d’Acadie par les Anglais et qui vivent dans le sud de la Louisiane.

Deux critiques flateuses:
« Thom Yorke, too, has sung the group’s praises, aware perhaps that in an age of charlatans whose ‘cool’ clothes and hair conceal a paucity of ideas, Cajun, unquestionably, are the real deal. Typical is ‘The Race’, the band’s next single and an exuberant paean to early Blur. Two minutes in, entirely unexpectedly, a punky, grating guitar muscles in, as if underscoring the group’s hatred of convention and desire to infuse indie-pop with some backbone. »
« there’s something delightful about how it skips along, carefree, never outstaying its welcome or getting too much in the way. The singles we’re already familiar with confirm perfectly the fact that here is a band that manages to be both pretty and odd. We’re in delicate pastel-shaded territory as soon as opener ‘Colourful Life’ politely stomps in with everyday tales of, erm, pizza and Wrigley’s chewing gum that have been somehow made to sound otherwordly, while new single ‘The Race’ sees them gear up with a bouncy, blustery but ultimately forgettable slice of indie pop. Cajun are far more impressive when they drop down low and let their dreamscapes do the talking, and by far the best track is the eerie ‘No Joanna’, which dances around flecks of rainbow guitars and strings to deliver an anguished musing on formative romance. It’s almost the dark flipside to Mystery Jets’ ‘Young Love’. »

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