Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Proto Idiot 'Still Stupid'
Piecing together the story of how Andrew Anderson arrived at project Proto Idiot is not dissimilar to many artists really. Spending his formative years learning to play instruments he formed band The Creep Outs with childhood pal Nick Wheeldon in Bakewell, England. Paying homage to favourite acts Pavement, Reigning Sound and The Kinks Australian Garage Rock label Off the Hip released The Creep Outs full length 'Hopeless Friends' in 2006. Following this, Anderson refined his Garage Rock sound playing as one third of the almighty Hipshakes boasting a slew of releases on Goner, Fistful of Records and Slovenly.
Since 2008 Anderson has been releasing material under the name Proto Idiot. Utilizing his relationship with Slovenly debut album 'Andrew Anderson' was released, EP 'Is You Is You My EP' followed in March 2010 on Oddbox and currently new album 'Still Stupid' is available on Red Lounge. Anderson accomplishes fully realized Garage Rock songs in Proto Idiot that are packed with attitude. The songs have a Power Pop influence to them, in the way that the late, great Jay Reatards' Matador releases had. What makes Anderson's story stand out is, here in ol' blighty music forever seems stuck in a stagnant mold. Reminiscing about what was is habitually how the nation, generally speaking, listen to music. It's a lot to contend with when a musician wants to do something new. Where many have tried and failed Proto Idiot and The Hipshakes have made prevailed in making their mark.
Proto Idiot's Myspace