The second release on the Punk Fox label from Les Chausettes shows the band broadening their sonic horizons considerably in comparison to their great debut Kate. Whereas that single had a Crypt Records styled garage rock production for an appropriately scuzzy performance, this new single Triple Water offers an assured delivery steeped in spring-heeled psychedelia.
On first listen it leaves me thinking of Electric Prunes with stabs of tremolo-arm guitar and poetic imagery (theres no sympathy like water to a flower in decay). Repeated listening reveals a Pixies influence surf stylings underpin the song which builds to a surprise guitar freak-out finish that reminds of Joey Santiagos more vicious moments from Bossa Nova.
The second track Russian Boy seems like a more obvious contender for a single, a very poppy song with occasionally naughty lyrics and a bright, sparkly band arrangement that would fit in with the indie rock landscape of the 1980s. This song revels in its own jangly groove in a way that would give Best Coast sleepless nights and overall this serves as a good contrast to Triple Water.
So, here is another finely packaged effort from the Punk Fox label and one which shows Les Chausettes gaining momentum in a way that suggests longevity in their writing and reward to all who pay attention.
'Triple Water'/'Russian Boy' is released 29th January 2016.