They appeared in Washington in 1989 and in 1991 they were already separated. They didn’t record a single album, just a few tracks spread across three singles, the last of which only saw the light of day when the band no longer existed.

So why on earth is Black Tambourine so influential?

Simple, dear reader. Perform with me: in these songs that Pam Berry, Archie Moore (from Velocity Girl), Brian Nelson and ex-Whorl Mike Schulman recorded during their short life, they managed to mix girl groups and Phil Spector, Jesus and Mary Chain and C-86, shoegaze , Pastels and Ramones in unequal doses and make it all a noisy and at the same time melodic thing that the specialized media calls noise pop. Not to mention that from them, more specifically from Schulman, the seminal Slumberland Records was born.

And that same Slumberland that was founded together with Black Tambourine and put the band’s aforementioned singles on the market, released two precious collections that bring together everything the quartet did while they were together, Complete recordings (1999) – where I discovered them – and Black Tambourinefrom 2010, which runs here now.

And then, dear reader, by pressing play on “For ex-lovers only” and moving on, it becomes (even easier) to understand and answer the question in the second paragraph of this short text. Drop Nineteens, Crocodiles, Dum Dum Girls, Wavves, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Ringo Deathstar, Say Sue Me, Alvvays, Vivian Girls, Best Coast, Raveonettes, No Joy, BRMC, Frankie Rose, Tamaryn and a huge portion of bands and artists have been drinking from the eternal fountain of musical youth since the 90s created by Black Tambourine.

So if you don’t know them, it’s time to discover them. If you’ve already cashed them, it’s time to remember why they’re so badass.

Listen on the stalk!


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