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ATL | 12:31 UK time, Monday, 20 June 2011



Perennial stalwarts of the Northern Irish scene Cashier No.9 release their debut album ‘To the Death of Fun’ today. The Carryduff/Belfast quintet have been a bit of a slow burner on the local circuit, building a substancial following and reputation over the past 10 years. This year they headline, arguably, the country’s finest festival, Glasgowbury as well as releasing their debut LP on the well respected indie label Bella Union.

This organic transformation has got us thinking about our favourite slow burning bands. We want to hear from you. Who is your favourite slow burning act? What band has taken longer than normal to register on your radar? Who have the critics and public panned/ignored for years just to turn it all around with one release?

Let us know your pick by shouting us here, on the ATL facebook or ATL twitter and we will give y'all a shout on the show tonight...











Spiritualized - Let it Come Down
ATL Presenter - Rigsy 

It's much cooler to say you prefer their first two albums (even cooler to reference Spaceman 3 - frontman Jason Pierce's previous band), but for me the albums that finally dragged Spiritualized out of the underground and into the charts are definitely their best. 1997's 'Ladies and Gentlemen....' is a masterpiece, plain and simple. But for me, the real classic is the follow up, 2001's 'Let it Come Down'. Some sneer at it's kitchen-sink production and simplified lyrics, but that's what I love about it. Unfortunately, the band peaked and nothing since has come close.


ATL Producer - Amy McGarrigle
The National - Boxer

Boxer came out in 2007, that's eight year's after The National formed! Some of those quick of the mark found them on their previous album, Alligator (first release on a major label), but before that they released two albums and an EP. Unaware of them to the release of Boxer, I found some of the best song writing I'd heard in years - especially the lyrics and 'those' drums! I know the band I was in at the time tried with poor results to make our percussion sound similar to Bryan Devendorf on this album. But this band prove that you don't need to have 'made it' on your first release. Stunning album. Stunning band.


ATL Content Assistant - Philip Taggart
Pulp - Different Class

Pulp have followed me around all weekend. I managed to catch their seminal set at Glasto 1995 on the I Player on Friday, I ended up singing Common People, on stage, at a birthday party on Saturday and on Sunday found myself bathing in the dulcet tones of Jarvis Cocker's show on BBC 6 Music. Then when posed with this weeks suggestiON-Air it all clicked into place. This beautiful haunting has a purpose.

Pulp were the nearly men for 12 years, releasing albums, heavy touring and sessions on the legendary John Peel show. On paper it seems like they should have been huge but it wasn't really until 'Different Class' in 1995 that Pulp reached critical mass. The best bit is they have reformed and touring again so it's pretty much a 'must' for me to get to a show.


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