Back in the early aughts, when Interpol and The Strokes had returned the spotlight to the New York music scene, Marcus Congleton was making waves as the brooding frontman of amped-up shoegaze act Ambulance LTD.
Everyone in the band other than Congleton has jumped ship, but he presses on, trying to win the rights to his own back catalog as well as the right to release new material under the Ambulance LTD name.
In a recent demo posted on the band’s myspace page, Congleton shows he’s still honing his signature jangle:
If you’re not familiar with LP, it’s a wonderful snapshot of NYC hipster elitism that’s perfectly captured in the video for “Stay Where You Are”:
The “Primitive” video was another good excuse to hire models:
But Ambulance LTD weren’t always posing. They had a fresh, melodic take on shoegaze that I quite enjoyed — and they put on a good live show. The video for “Heavy Lifting” marries some live footage with the studio track to nice effect:
Here’s hoping Congleton’s perseverance is rewarded.