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Introducing…I Blame Coco

Line-up: Coco Sumner (Guitar/Vocals), Al Shux (Guitar), Octave (Bass), Ben Jones (Drums), Emlyn Maillard (Keys/Synths).

Origin: London.

Vibe: Reggae-tinged pop melodies wrapped in an electro-punk fusion.

Addictive, scuzzy rhythms and well crafted lyrics dovetail around Coco’s instantly distinctive and unique vocal; a winning formula that has won I Blame Coco a six-album deal with Island Records.

Influences: Cole Porter, Dr. Dre, Chet Baker, The Doors, The Roots, Toots and the Maytals, Lee Perry, Benjamin Mcildowie, David Bowie.

Sounds like: Sting, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, The Cure.

Background: Real name Eliot Pauline Styler-Sumner – 19-year-old Coco Sumner is the daughter of Trudie Styler and Gordon Matthew Sumner aka Sting.

It’s fair to say that Coco is no stranger to the spotlight; as well as being a part-time actress who had a supporting role in the film Stardust, she’s also a model who was featured in Burberry’s spring/summer 2008 advertising campaign alongside Agyness Deyn.

Now as Coco descends onto the music scene, she is already encountering skepticism bordering on hostility towards her well-connected career-move. Some may argue that she is only doing so because she can but despite her privileges and connections, Coco insists that whilst she ‘loves them (her parents) to death, this is not about them. This is what I do and what I have to say.’

If the pressure to prove everyone wrong has concerned Coco then you certainly can’t tell judging by her mature, effervescent and uber-confident on-stage demeanor.

Coco, unsurprisingly, was surrounded by music from an early age and began playing guitar when she was just 4 years old. Having worked on her debut album singularly since the age of 15, she scrapped it all in the autumn of last year and re-wrote it to her own, exact specifications.

After experimenting with ska and reggae, Coco stumbled on her thumping electro-rock sound by accident. ‘I couldn’t find a guitarist, so I started messing around on a keyboard and that suited the songs much better.’ A trip to Stockholm resulted in a link-up with producer Klas and female singer Robyn, who provides backing vocals on Caesar.

In conclusion? However she got her breaks, you can’t blame Coco for making the most of them.

Listen: I Blame Coco unveiled their pop assault earlier this month with debut single ‘Caesar’ Feat. Robyn and is currently recording her debut album, The Constant, ready for its release in June.

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/iblamecoco

Watch I Blame Coco feat. Robyn – Caesar here…

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