The band formerly known as Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs, now The Voyeurs, are back with a new album ‘Rhubarb Rhubarb’.
The British band released their debut album, ‘Clarietta’, in 2013 – a British revision of Jonathan Richman and Television. The album’s persuasive blend of the cerebral and the primitive was saluted by the press. ‘”Clarietta” is no routine homage,’ reported MOJO magazine in a four-star review. ‘A gripping twist on a timeless classic.’ The NME gave the album 8/10 and proclaimed things in rhetorical style: ‘No new bands to get excited about? Give it a fucking rest and listen to this, will you?’
Alongside this shortened name comes widened perspective. The band’s second album takes in the rail networks of Eastern Europe and a transvestite bar in Limehouse in East London. The result is an album that looks determinedly out into the world, but also maintains contact with the band’s origins. The album title comes from an old English theatrical device – the tradition where the phrase ‘rhubarb, rhubarb’ is used to produce background dialogue on stage and on the TV.
‘There’s a lot of noise around in the world today,’ says the frontman, Charlie. ‘I was thinking of the idea of making noise but not really saying anything. The idea of “rhubarb, rhubarb” is unscripted background conversation in plays and on television. Today people are commenting on things all the time, commenting in new ways – Twitter and things. But a lot of it’s just more background, another kind of “rhubarb, rhubarb”…’