Featured Artist - Butterflies On Strings

Butterflies On Strings are part of a growing movement embracing a do-it-yourself ethos which for decades has been synonymous with the punk scene. The Kaleidoscope Label is the brainchild of Butterflies On Strings which came about in a bid to preserve all that they have revered from the DIY sensibilities of the punk scene by applying it cross-genre, as the likes of Saddle Creek and Sub Pop Records have done for years in the United States.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 6 Jun 2011
  • min read
In December, London based Butterflies On Strings took shelter in a remote studio in the outskirts of Devon with their producer of choice Peter Miles (The King Blues, Martin Grech). The result of which is their stunning debut single What Did John Stuart Mill Say Again?, brimming with catchy hooks, exquisite harmonies and a hopeful energy that takes influence from both sides of the Atlantic. The classic tunesmithery of the best of Britpop meets the refinement of American indie to create something that is both fun and beautiful. From the opening punch line of 'I don't know how to progress' via the soaring chorus right through to the final refrain, Butterflies On Strings have reaffirmed their ability to craft simple graceful melodies with bite. Shrouded in bittersweet lyricism, the reflective verse slinks whilst the chorus pulsates in a fiendish cocktail of adrenaline and hooks-a-plenty.

Butterflies On Strings are part of a growing movement embracing a do-it-yourself ethos which for decades has been synonymous with the punk scene. The Kaleidoscope Label is the brainchild of Butterflies On Strings which came about in a bid to preserve all that they have revered from the DIY sensibilities of the punk scene by applying it cross-genre, as the likes of Saddle Creek and Sub Pop Records have done for years in the United States. What Did John Stuart Mill Say Again? is the label's first release and will be available through the Rough Trade and Banquet Records stores, as well as a digital download from iTunes.

Butterflies On Strings prove that art and pop do not have to be mutually exclusive terms. Butterflies On Strings deliberately dance the line between being a viable pop commodity and a serious indie band that pride themselves on their integrity.

‘What Did John Stuart Mill Say Again?’ was released on the 1 April 2011 through The Kaleidoscope Label.

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