The Late Pioneers

I don’t remember how I actually came across The Late Pioneers. I downloaded the We All Knew Biscuits E.P (2018) from Bandcamp a while ago. But somehow the songs slipped through my daily business and got lost in my ever-expanding music library. Until I received a notice the other day that there’s a new release from The Late Pioneers. And this time, the band immediately got my full attention.
It’s easy to connect with this new collection of songs released under the title Close Enough: there are plenty of splendid melodies and the way they harmonise sound very familiar. All topped up with chiming guitars and a neat lo-fi approach. Also, there are different singers and songwriters in the band, each bringing in a distinctive style and approach into the band. We all know about the benefits of having three singer/songwriters in a guitar band, right?

The Late Pioneers are four long-time friends, originally from the Manchester area. Because they ended up living in various parts of England, they only get together once or twice a year to record some music at someone’s home. It’s clearly a labour of love. You can hear they are having fun getting together, swapping instruments all the time while recording all sorts of songs. Thankfully, they share this music straight away on Bandcamp (occasionally accompanied by a quick video for YouTube) for everyone to enjoy this creative outcome. Of course The Late Pioneers are no leading innovators in the field of hand-made indie guitar music. They are clearly influenced from a broad range of musical directions. Not in a contrived or copied manner, but with fresh authenticity.

From the past five years, there are numerous releases to check out on Bandcamp. And further more to dig into: several side-projects like Autopia, Combo Ribs and The Separates. I’d recommend to start with The Pinetop Sauna because they also have a knack for three-part harmonies and classic guitars. It’s less lo-fi and sounds more American influenced to me. Yes, there’s loads to discover. Hope you enjoy!

11th November 2019


Less than three months later, and The Late Pioneers are now having a CD compilation out via the wonderful people from Subjangle. The album consists of the Close Enough EP from 2019 (tracks 1-7), the Bin Wang album from 2016 (tracks 8-16) and four tracks (17-20) specifically chosen by Julie Fowler (editor of the Colours Through The Air Blog and also one of the co-founders of Subjangle). It’s well deserved, that this great music finally gets a proper physical release!

31st January 2020

Zwischen Art-Pop und Westcoast

Musik kann sich wie ein langer, warmer Sommerabend anfühlen. Süffige Melodien umschmeicheln das Ohr, sehnsüchtig entspannt oder kunstvoll-verquer. Das Feld ist weit, die AnwärterInnen kommen aus allen Gegenden der Welt.

Besondere Aufmerksamkeit widmen wir einem Album von der irischen Ostküste: Rom-Com von Tandem Felix. Deren Songwriter David Tapley präsentiert sich offenherzig wie Jeff Tweedy von Wilco. Tapley sorgt für lebensnahe Songs, raffiniert angelegt und sensibel produziert (nur das große Publikum fehlt noch). Ebenso im Fokus: der aufgeweckte Bedroom-Pop von Hovvdy und der verführerische Westküsten-Pop von Ashley Rhodus alias Wished Bone.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 06.11.19 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 26.10. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr

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Sam CohenLet the Sun Come Through30th Century Records
VetiverAll We Could WantLoose Music
The Late PioneersInto The
Pinetop SaunaLend You Some
Tandem FelixNightclub (I Sold My Soul to the Devil)
Tram CopsHappy as Can
HovvdyKeep It UpDouble Double Whammy
HovvdyWatergunDouble Double Whammy
Lake RuthStrange InteriorsSlumberland
Common HollyJoshua SnakesBarsuk
Sean O'HaganI Am HereDrag City
Sean O'HaganThe Paykan (Laili's Song)Drag City
John HowardIdiot DaysYou Are The Cosmos
The Last DetailPlacesElefant
BananagunTop CatFull Time Hobby
ZardtJesterRed Brick Chapel
Andy ShaufThe Things I DoAnti-
Wished BoneHold
Wished BoneTrees We Couldn't Tell The Size
Berta BigtoeThe CreekAcrophase Records
OmniSkeleton KeySub Pop
Modern NatureFootstepsBella Union
Desert SoulsTurtleKleine Untergrund Schallplatten
SingleUn Roce Al PasoElefant
West Coast Pop Art Exp. BandTransparent DayReprise
Ancient ShapesA Flower That Wouldn't BloomYou've Changed Rec.
Ancient ShapesGlass CurtainYou've Changed Rec.
Tandem FelixNow I'm a
Tandem FelixTapley Takes a
Allah-LasOn Our WayMexican Summer
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