At the moment you have to search carefully for Flamingo Drive if you want the band rather than the computer game or the street in Herne Bay. That may not be the case for much longer, assuming they keep this name for longer than an ice cream takes to melt! Following on from the much missed Fog Band and Friends of the Bride, this new six-piece outfit includes Bobby Grindrod (Fog band, FOTB) and Oli Daltrey (Fog Band) as well as Bobby’s brother Harry.
Musically as well as sartorially elegant (Bobby Grindrod has trouser creases sharper than his famous cheekbones), their sound sports playfully with indiepop archetypes. ‘The Chimney Song’ is distinctly Smithsian, with lots of chiming guitars and arch lyrics, but only if you imagine Morrissey imploring his father: “don’t send me back up the chimney, dad”. ‘Cryptograms’, a very danceable indie tune, zigs and zags quite sensually but the best thing I’ve heard from them so far is ‘I Saw The Bishop’. This is uber-rhythmic, super-catchy indiepop that restores the lost art of choogling, while its lyrics confound and amuse in equal measure.
Putting some distance between them and weird descriptors like “nu-croon” which seemed to weigh down the previous bands, Flamingo Drive sound like they might have the legs that the Fog Band and Friends of the Bride lacked. On the basis of one great gig and these excellent Soundcloud recordings, these ears are convinced that there’s something special brewing.