Today the enigmatic, lo-fi indie rock quartet C Turtle return with new single ‘Shake It Down’ and announce their new album, Expensive Thrills, arriving March 8th on Blitzcat Records.
From head to toe the record bursts with influences spanning the epochs of grunge, alternative rock and indie – from Pixies, Pavement and some of the bands that came through the iconic New Zealand label Flying Nun Records in the 80s/90s like 3Ds and The Clean – yet with an effortless modern zeal that has C Turtle standing head and shoulders with other contemporary trailblazers in bar italia and Lime Garden.
Following recent single ‘Have You Ever Heard A Turtle Sing?‘, ‘Shake It Down’, which premiered with a Next Wave interview on Jack Saunders’ BBC Radio 1 show last night, continues to find C Turtle converting underground hype into indie rock eminence while showcasing the enchanting partnership of Cole Flynn Quirke and Mimi McVeigh in their exchange of dizzying riffs and tongue-in-cheek lyrics, weaving around each other with an unspoken ease.
Quirke says of the track: “A big influence to C Turtle is early Beck. Albums like Stereopathic Soulmanure and Mellow Gold which use genre bending to merge hip-hop notions with indie rock have always been really interesting to me so I wanted to try and structure something in a similar way. My first band Honey Creeper did this sort of thing all the time but we rarely could get our live sound to match the recordings but with Shake it Down I think we’ve achieved this. So I see it as kind of a rap song! The lyrics I wrote for it were actually intended for a separate project but when we tried them out on this they worked perfectly. We got Mimiko to sing this one because she pulls off the rapping better than I could.”