The Voyeurs (Formerly Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs – thanks name genie.) have brought us a little taste of old England in the form of their latest release from forthcoming album Rhubarb Rhubarb the amazingly titled ‘England Sings Rhubarb Rhubarb’ for it’s fabulous name and more, it’s our Track of the Day.
This is the first we have had from The Voyeurs since their debut LP Clarietta which was released last year and it seemed they had someone gone off the boil. The new track however demonstrates what the fuss was all about in the first place. It’s dripping in melancholy and laconic tones stream through the rhythm like an apathetic hammer.
It was that apathy that first drew the best and beloved of the music industry firmly in to The Voyeurs world as they were struck by starry eyed performances and smouldering stares. Their 90’s sound of cooling guitars and mellow drums allows the tone of the song to be meandered through decades of British culture.
On explaining the seemingly insane title choice for the album Charlie tell us “People in playhouses have been using Rhubarb Rhubarb for centuries, it’s an old thespian trick. Actors would repeat the phrase to conjure up an angry mob. They believe that mumbling or screeching Rhubarb Rhubarb has the same confused qualities as an indistinct muttering or even a faraway outrage, it is used keenly wherever the script will allow.”, which makes sense, i guess.
There is something increasingly familiar about The Voyeurs, their intrinsic link to 90’s indie, their effortlessly cool persona and their seemingly unshakeable nonchalance about the whole process. It’s smacks of Britpop brashness and frankly we love it.
They are extensively touring Europe if you have any chance of seeing them you must put it in your diary.