Archive for September 7th, 2006

September 7, 2006

LITTLE MAN TATE – House Party At Boothy’s (CD & 7″ Singles)

House Party At Boothy's CoverV2 VVR5041733 / VVR5041730: 28th August 2006
1. House Party At Boothy’s
“Girls sing to Kylie, they try to look sexy, I gave one my number, I told ‘er to text me”
2. Teenager
“And it might sound a little improper, and Elaine must be easy to please, ‘cos she came outta there well smiling, with grazes all over her knees”
3. House Party At Boothy’s (Steve Lamacq Session)
“Well I sit in a chair next to the CD player, talk to some kid who couldn’t be much gayer”
4. Man I Hate Your Band (Steve Lamacq Session)
“Well you’re coming home nobody, the same as when you went, you didn’t get your deal and your moneys all been spent, I could have told you long ago but you’ll never understand, no bollocks to be heroes, but man I can’t stand your band”

‘House Party At Boothy’s’ cheekily steels from both ‘Another Girl, Another Planet’ and ‘Our House’. It’s crammed with so many great lines it was difficult to know which ones to quote. All the little party details are here, like chatting, dancing, drinking, ordering Pizza, vomiting, PlayStation tournaments and the detritus left at the end of the night. It’s got loads of fun bits like when you hear a pretend girlie voice say “My boyfriend’s on his way, he’ll be here to collect me”. The included ‘Steve Lamacq’ version is good but it’s not really that different to the original.

The shouts in the background of ‘Teenager’ remind me of ‘Summer Nights’ from Grease, but this tale is a little trashier. The lyrics to ‘Man I Hate Your Band’ show that if the industry gives these guys a raw deal, at least they’ll be able to say, “I told you so”. I love the mocking way Jon Windle sings “We know a guy in Camden, who says that we’re unreal”.

This is a band that’ve come up with the Arctic Monkeys, but unlike groups such as Milburn, they’ve got enough talent to not be written off as mere imitators. Talent that’ll become obvious if you buy the single and download the following demos:

This Girl Isn’t My Girlfriend (Demo) mp3
Sexy In Latin (Demo) mp3
Hello Miss Lovely (So You Like My Jeans) (Demo) mp3
Court Report (Demo) mp3
Man I Hate Your Band (Demo) mp3
Down On Marie (Demo) mp3

Click here to visit a page where some absolute legend called ‘Andeh’ has put up all the lyrics.

Here are links to watch videos for ‘The Agent’, ‘What? What You Got?’, ‘Young Offenders’ and ‘House Party At Boothy’s’ on YouTube. Also here’s an awesome DIY Lego video for ‘Hello Miss Lovely’ (Very Michel Gondry).

Click here to download Sarah & The Johnsonauts’ charmingly shambolic cover of ‘Summer Nights’ from the recent free compilation ‘Down To Grease On Holiday’.

Little Man Tate Website / Little Man Tate MySpace Page

September 7, 2006

THE FRATELLIS – Chelsea Dagger (CD & 8″ Singles)

Chelsea Dagger CoverFallout Recordings FALLOUTCD1 / FALLOUTLP2: 28th August 2006
1. Chelsea Dagger
“Well ya must be a boy with bones like that, she said ya got me wrong, I woulda sold ’em to ya If I coulda just-a kept the last of my clothes on, oh yeah”
2. Dirty Barry Stole The Bluebird
“He lived down my street, owned a Jaguar, no matter where you are, that’s a girlies car”
3. The Pimp
“When it’s all, sick ‘n’ gentle, it’s all, fuckin’ mental, it’s all, over before it begins”

‘Chelsea Dagger’ kicks off with a dirty Bass Guitar riff and a catchy “Dah dah dah” bit. There’s a strange hint of musichall, like Noel Coward if he’d been grown up with the Gallagher Brothers. It’s yet another thrilling party tune from a band who’ve put out three singles and are yet to put a foot wrong.

The Fratellis’ B-sides are always a treat and this release is no exception. The speed that Jon spits out the lyrics on ‘Dirty Barry Stole The Bluebird’ has to be heard to be believed. I love the “Halo-oh-yay-lo” bit, it’s great when it goes all Beatles in the middle and it fantastically half-inches the opening from the Friends theme tune. ‘The Pimp’ is a piledriving Riff monster that’s probably the pick of the three tracks. I was bangin’ my head so hard to this tune that it nearly fell off.

Click here to pre-order the new ‘Costello Music’ album from HMV for only £8.99 (That includes a bonus DVD with a full live show for your money!).

Visit The Fratellis’ MySpace Page to listen to the whole of their new album.

If you join the member’s area on their Website you can get a bunch of free mp3s.

Here are links to watch the videos for ‘Creepin’ Up The Backstairs’, ‘Henrietta’ and ‘Chelsea Dagger’ on YouTube. Also click here to watch a really clever fan video that’s better than most professional ones.

Lastly click here to download some Demos and live tracks.

The Fratellis Website / The Fratellis MySpace Page

September 7, 2006

THE DIABLEROS – Working Out Words (7″ Single)

Working Out Words CoverWI45 WI45002P: 28th August 2006
1. Working Out Words
“I know I’ll never make an effort like I made in night-school, ‘cos this machinery is only equipped to be marvelled… at”
2. No Weight
“You’re never gonna live with out it, until you talk to someone”

‘Working Out Words’ sounds like a Canadian version of Absentee with a great humable tune. It’s a bit lacking production wise but the song is good enough to overcome that. Pete Carmichael’s voice is deep and brim full of passion, which causes it to occasionally leap into a stirring falsetto.

On ‘No Weight’ the vocals are really thrilling like Pete’s on a mountaintop belting it out. Once again the production let’s it down but this time the tune isn’t quite good enough to save it.

Sugar Laced Soul mp3

Click here to watch the video for ‘Sugar Laced Soul’ on YouTube.

The Diableros Website / The Diableros MySpace Page