Jim Carroll

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Tune of the Week – “Rich Doors”

The name of the band is NewVillager. Nope, nothing to do with Villagers, Conor O’Brien’s band that has so many people (quite rightly) in a tizzy right now. Their debut EP, “Hollow Kind”, is out today on Any Other City …

Fri, Feb 6, 2009, 11:23

   

The name of the band is NewVillager.

Nope, nothing to do with Villagers, Conor O’Brien’s band that has so many people (quite rightly) in a tizzy right now. Their debut EP, “Hollow Kind”, is out today on Any Other City so you can find out for yourselves why so many people are in a tizzy about them. Just hope those same people will still be in a tizzy about them a year from now.

But no, this is not about them.

Or Village, the magazine that was Nighty Night with Vincent Browne on paper and is now, uhm, something else. Hey, did you see George Hook on Nighty Night last night? Man, we thought the dude was going to have a heart attack. And he’s just chomping at the bit for a revolution.

But no, not them either.

Or even The Village, the Dublin venue that used to be the Wexford Inn and the Mean Fiddler. Ah, the Wexford Inn…

No, NewVillager ain’t any of that.

They’re two dudes called Jess Bromley and Ross Simonini – one from New York and one from California – who met in a car-wash on the outskirts of Omaha, Nebraska and decided the time was right to make music. Or was it that they met at a gee-up rally for out of work air-con salesmen in Akron, Ohio and decided they had enough of their industry’s hot air? Or, hold on, did they bang into each other while working as greasy grunts on the NASCAR circuit in deepest Tennessee?

Does it matter? No, it doesn’t, it’s all about the tune.

Listen to “Rich Doors” here and feel the weight of a snowy world lift from your shoulders. Watch as your feet start to tap and your hips sway gently from side to side. Feel the love as a smile glides across your face. Wonder is this what they’re spinning on daytime radio on Venus. Think about what tomorrow might sound like.