Richard Bull salutes Pops Returning Champions...
So, the first batch of 2010. Hmmm. What will it bring?
I am not an optimist. You have been warned. Here we go
Shy Child Disconnected (Wall Of Sound, 2010):
First of all Brooklyn duo Shy Child arrive with an improbably polite
slice if Euro-Indie-Pop. You know the kind of thing. A pounding bass
to it and plinky plonky keyboards and some singing which sounds like
its taken from a Oh look were all so YOUNG and BEAUTIFUL
isnt everything FUCKING BRILLIANT in the world convention.
In fact, its actually really rather good. Its kind of a
bit Ting Tingsy, a bit MGMT, a bit Empire Of The Sun. No doubt itll
be a huge hit at the festivals in the summer and then no one will ever
speak of them again. Like the Ting Tings. Or MGMT. Or Empire Of the
Sun. Its a kind of dance track that you can actually enjoy without
taking phenomenal amounts of recreation drugs. But it is nowhere near
a Kylie or even a Sugababe. So marks off for that. http://www.shychild.com http://www.wallofsound.net
Breed77 Zombie (La Rocka Records, 2010)
Oh shitting Christ. When I first put this on before reading the press
release I was thinking, dont be that Cranberries song, dont
be that Cranberries song, dont be that Cranberries song.
So here it is, That Cranberries song re-imagined, in the loosest sense,
made a bit more up to date (changing one of the dates in it to 2010)
and with heavier guitars. This is justified allegedly because, well,
its about war innit? And wars are bad. But wars are nothing compared
to this turgid pointless romp through what is actually a very poignant
song. Still, I bet it gets a good reception at the gigs though. Oooh,
a song we know. Huzzah! Now go away and have a wash. http://www.breed77.net
Ali Love Love Harder (Back Yard Music, 2010)
Remember that endless strings of shit 90s boy band things like
Point Break and Code Red and Northern line? No, I suspected as much.
Well this pile of cack is pretty much continuing where that left off.
All I wanna do is give my love to you croons Ali Do
you love me baby, tell me true. Genius at work here. Completely
lacking in the kind of kitsch value of, say, Girls by Calvin Harris,
this is more on a par with a slimy mechanic hitting the local disco
emporium on a Friday night in Macclesfield with a hefty supply of Rohypnol
and a roll of brown packing tape. Its all a bit creepy if you
ask me. Theres something sinister in there. Hilariously, the press
release accompanying this referred to our Ali as Pops returning
Champion. Feel free to insert you own punch line here. http://www.myspace.com/mralilove http://www.back-yard.co.uk
Wolfmother White Feather (Modular, 2010)
Thank God then for Wolfmother. Seemingly a million years ago they came
along, shook us all up with their bluesy riffing and frankly ridiculous
hair before disappearing for an eternity before putting out 2nd album
Cosmic Egg. So with White Feather we get kind of exactly what one would
expect. A bit of Guns N Roses, a bit of Led Zep, a bit of AC/DC, a bit
of Free. All in all its quite brilliant. Still Cosmic Egg eh?
Shit name for an album.
Sachanovak - EP (2010)
Dont be fooled by the name. This is not the work of Norwegian
death metallers or of some kind of wanky philosopher the Manics would
make you think you just HAVE to read. Sachanovak are a three piece from
Cambridge (Hurrah!) firmly entrenched in the old school of Rock. No
bad thing that. Of the tracks on here, Sweet Mistress comes across as
Alice In Chains, For Amy is Use Your Illusion era GNR and
Unload, the most upbeat number on here, is a kind of early Radiohead.
Its all hard chords and widdly solos yes, but that is brilliant
if you ask me. In an era where most bands are too busy concentrating
on what they fucking look like to bother writing the tunes anymore,
Sachanovak actually come up with the goods. http://www.sachanovak.com
Velvet The Big Pink (4AD, 2009)
Hmmm. Now. Everything about this record means it is something I should
like. Miserable? Check. Distorted gee-tars? Check. A cover that looks
like a Smiths album? Check. Pounding drumming? Check. So why on Earth
I find it ever so slightly, well, pedestrian is beyond me. It just kind
of bobs along and never really goes anywhere. Like one great big intro
that never gets to a chorus. I really should be a bit more up to date
with The Big Pink really. I dont know what it is Im missing
but something wont let their songs stay in my head. Its
probably that fucking Dominoes song actually. Thats been in there
for months since I saw them supporting Placebo. And the worst bit about
that, the real bit that throws a bucket of cold piss over everything,
is that I cant fucking STAND that bloody Dominoes song. Oh well.