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There's always been exchange of bands from either side of the atlantic finding a larger degree of sucess in an alien country.
The Pipettes, for example, are shifting more copies of their record in the US than the UK, while bands like Kings of Leon, The Gossip or We Are Scientists sell nowt over there, but are pretty big here.
I'm sure a lot of Art Brut's success is down to Pitchfork, but that's kind of a given, isn't it? It's the most prominent music media website in the US.
If, as I imagine, Pitchfork were the first significant US media outlet to start writing about Art Brut in any detail then they would have played a part in getting other media sources to know about them and it would have spiralled from there I imagine.
How successful in the US are they anyway? I know they do better than here but I've no idea how well they (or the Pipettes) actually do do.
I always found their success in America a bit odd, considering they're very specifically british. They wouldn't have sounded out of place on a Snakebite City compilation from 1998.
They can probably headline slightly bigger venues and get college radio play, but as far as I can tell that hasn't really transmuted into sales or widespread media coverage, although they're on this T-Mobile campaign with Of Montreal (see argument passim). I doubt they'd even be that had Pitchfork not given BBR&R 8.9 and continued talking them up ever since, but there's better examples of bands making sales/radio impacts that outstrip theirs here (the Clientele, the 1990s).
hardly the most anglophilic or biggest of cities, but they sold out a 700 capacity venue and the crowd were going completely batshit for them. it was kinda surreal.
fuck you Ca-Arse