DON’T MOVE! began life in a teenaged Mason Le Long’s back room when, introduced to him by a mutual friend, Joe Carvell came round armed with his bass, an eighth and a DVD of Team America. Many late-night jams, stoned wig-outs to Love, Can and Ahmad Jamal, and a Spinal Tap-esque string of non-committal drummers later they found Matt Rheeston drumming in a grimy venue above a bar in Birmingham’s hip Moseley Village. With the impending release of their debut album, The New Pop Sound Of DON’T MOVE!, they poached Rheeston and recruited pre-war punk accordionist-of-the-apocolypse, Cederick Confuegos to complete the line up.
Although not quite propelling them to the dizzying heights of global recognition the album did gain some critical praise.
“If the Yardbirds had been one of those shambling 1980s Glasgow bands that Franz Ferdinand worshipped, fronted by John Lennon’s better-read little brother, they’d have sounded like this.”
The Times ****
“A fascinating future for DON’T MOVE! lies ahead, judging by this fabulously understated record.”
“Crammed full of soon-to-be indie floor fillers (The New Pop Sound of..) is a remarkable debut that should see DON’T MOVE! become household names within six months.”
The two singles from the record, Love Her Dearly and Her Return each received numerous plays on multiple radio stations and helped earn them several appearances at the BBC 6music studios, for sessions with Marc Riley and Tom Robinson. 2009 and 2010 have also seen them give some remarkable performances at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Scala and a late-afternoon Big Top slot at End of the Road festival.
So with recording underway for their next record, enjoy a double dollop of DON’T MOVE! First up is the official video for Love Her Dearly…
… and a live performance of Her Return.
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