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October 12, 2006

THE BOYFRIENDS – Once Upon A Time (CD Single)

Bobby Trap Records BOOBREC022CD: 25th September 2006
1. Once Upon A Time
“Once upon a time you would travel, a hundred miles with a smile, just to be by my side, now you would not make, the journey across a room”
2. They Don’t Know
“No I don’t listen to their wasted lines, got my eyes wide open and I see the signs”
3. Apathy In The UK
“Ours is an age of convenience, in which we’re over fed into obedience”

‘Once Upon A Time’ is about coming to terms with the breakdown of a relationship but it’s a song that’s still positive and uplifting. It’s packed with thundering Townshend Guitar stabs that had me playing air-guitar to my hearts content. Of course it’s also graced by Martin Wallace’s powerful and lachrymose voice. A close inspection of the artwork shows one of those blue historical plaques revealing that the cover image is of playwright Joe Orton’s house (I assume it’s the house where he was killed). Joe was murdered by his lover, so the image seems to be a warning of what could ultimately happen if you don’t follow the lyric’s advice, and just let go.

‘They Don’t Know’ is a joyously spirited cover of a song written by Kirsty MacColl (Martin has said that Tracey Ullman’s version is his ‘Fav record of all time’). ‘Apathy In The UK’ combines weary lyrics with shimmering Guitars in the style of Editors. These are two fine tracks to add to The Boyfriends canon.

At last The Boyfriends seem to be getting the attention they deserve since I first heard them two years ago (Not least from Morrissey himself, whose voice is similar to Martin Wallace’s).

Speak Less & Listen (Demo) mp3
The White Devil (Demo) mp3

Click here to read Wikipedia’s entry about Joe Orton.

Click here to buy The Boyfriends debut album from HMV for only £8.99.

And click here to read a track-by-track guide to the album by Martin Wallace.

The Boyfriends Website / The Boyfriends MySpace Page

October 12, 2006

THE BLOOD ARM – Suspicious Character (CD Single)

City Rockers ROCKERS34CD: 25th September 2006
1. Suspicious Character
“And while my right hand’s strapped for a noble cause, the left attacks with roaming aplomb”
2. Bottom Below
“Wednesday night, right at nine, the neighbours only half alive, creeping from roof tops to survive”
3. Before The Dawn
“I have served too many masters, inside cages so lack-lustre, with tied hands upon a pedestal, they call me ruthless raconteur”

In ‘Suspicious Character’, mainman Nathaniel proclaims himself to be irresistible to all the ladies of the world “I like all the girls, and all the girls like me, they tell me so” (But judging by the title, I’m sure he’s only joking). The most obvious comparison is with Franz Ferdinand, but this has a much more playful Pop edge. The slinky Piano could raise Cab Calloway from his grave and have him strutting around.

Vocally, ‘Bottom Below’ brings Julian Casablancas to mind but the Pop-Rock sound is a little too polished for my tastes. ‘Before The Dawn’ has a kind of Sixties English Pop vibe. They are both good B-sides but can’t hope to match the glitzy Pop perfection of the A-Side.

Here are links to watch videos for ‘Say Yes’ and ‘Suspicious Character’ on YouTube.

The Blood Arm Website / The Blood Arm MySpace Page

October 12, 2006

THE ACUTES – When I Left Work Today (7″ Single)

Bad Sneakers Records BADSNEAK002: 25th September 2006
1. When I Left Work Today
“I caught the morning bus to get to work today, my National Insurance Number’s luckier than me”
2. Man In Me
“I’d really like to meet the man in me, but the demons have him tied, I can’t beat them”

‘When I Left Work Today’ is a ragged slice of Indie-Pop about being in an exhausting cycle of work and play. The repeated shouts of “Running out, running out, running out, running out” will get stuck right in your head.

‘Man In Me’ is a little slicker, much more downbeat and not quite as much fun. I could imagine Johnny Cash giving the lyrics a go.

Latino mp3
Set On You mp3 (One of my tunes of last year)

Click here to watch the video for ‘When I Left Work Today’ on YouTube.

The Acutes MySpace Page

October 12, 2006

BROMHEADS JACKET – Trip To The Golden Arches (CD Single)

Marquis Cha Cha CHACHA016CD: 18th September 2006
1. Trip To The Golden Arches
“Oh, it wasn’t supposed to turn out like this, I only popped out for a banana milkshake, and a supersized pack of chips”
2. Pinch Of Psalt
“He said I’m not tryna say these aren’t law abiding citizens, that they don’t pay their council tax or take their vitamins”

Despite the coverage they get, I’ve always thought that Bromheads Jacket were generally an average band, but they’ve always had a little spark that kept me interested. These two tracks have really impressed me, true the delivery and the music are still lacking something, but the wonderful narratives of the two lyrics are what really mark these songs out.

‘Trip To The Golden Arches’ is about getting stuck in a traffic jam when you only popped out for a Maccy-D’s. Then as you sit there, frustration building up, you start to dream you were Michael Douglas going on a gun-toting rampage. ‘Pinch Of Psalt’ is about a furtive attempt to buy drugs from some boys up your road, when suddenly the police stop-and-search them. You’re annoyed at the copper stopping them just because of how they look, but the clever joke is that you only went up to them because you thought they looked shady too.

What If’s + Maybe’s mp3
Whooley Bridge mp3

Click here to watch the video for ‘Trip To The Golden Arches’ On YouTube.

Click here to view the lyrics to all their songs.

Bromheads Jacket Website / Bromheads Jacket MySpace Page

October 12, 2006

THE MIGHTY ROARS – Whale (7″ Single)

One Little Indian 761TP7: 18th September 2006
1. Whale
“I got heart as big as the ocean, I got a heart as fat as a whale”
2. Whipped Ma Bitch
“Whipped my bitch yeah, givin’ it a hard time, only tryna feel fine, only tryna feel fine”

‘Whale’ is a pummelling Pop-Rocker in the mould of The Donnas that’ll have you jumping around to the explosive chorus. It’s got a great Kim Deal like spoken introduction “This is a song about a Whale” (Check out ‘Tony’s Theme’ by Pixies if you don’t know what I mean). This song demands that you play it as loud as your eardrums will possibly allow.

‘Whipped Ma Bitch’ is a seriously fun Garage-Rock tune but it doesn’t have the same spark as the A-side.

Click here to watch a video of The Mighty Roars opening the 2006 Isle Of Wight Festival in style on YouTube.

The Mighty Roars Website / The Mighty Roars MySpace Page