Category Archives: Albums

Kids Can’t Fly – Strength In Numbers (EP)

First off, this record shows how far the band has come in the last year or so. Various line-up changes and only 2 “original” members, it’s nice to see that what seemed to be such an unstable band seem to finding their feet. Kids Can’t Fly are the closest thing the Southampton scene has to a super group. Taking members from bands that had a lot of local fame a few years ago. Primary co-lead singers Robin & Ryan were in Speaking of Losers and Zero Consent respectively. I must admit I never thought I’d be writing a review for this record, further more I never expected to like or enjoy the record. With that premise I’ll start the review.

The record starts off with the infectious She Called Shotgun, which can only be described as 3 and half minutes of pure unadulterated pop punk. The thing that makes it slightly more interesting is the addition of some really well thought out horns. That brings us swiftly onto my favourite track on the CD. I’ve known the song “Tune In” since before Robin joined KCF as it started off as a poppy solo song that Robin wrote and played to me about 18 months ago. Comparing the full band version and the stripped down version I heard long ago proves to me that this band really know what they’re doing when it comes to making songs work however you play them. The Summer seems like a possible crowd pleaser in the making, the duel vocals really work. When I was told the EP would feature 2 bonus acoustic tracks I instantly thought “how the hell are you gonna make that work?” I was proved wrong. Writing Letters is one of the best songs from the bands back catalogue and surprisingly enough it sounds fantastic stripped down. All in all this record is very good.

The only thing I can fault about this record is the fact it seems, to me, to be lacking passion. Every note seems too planned and thought out, not a single mistake is made. It doesn’t sound like these guys are having fun while making this record, it sounds like they are producing a product for a target audience they already know. They aren’t taking any risks or doing anything particularly exciting so if things keep going the way they are my best friend with live out his childhood dream and these guys will be massive. See them live, they’ll blow your tits off.

-Paul

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The Angels Are Voyeurs

Hey hey! My name is Mike. On this day 23 years ago, I was born- as such, today seems the perfect day for my first post here. And just to mess with y’all, it’s gonna be another non-punk post. Sacrelicious!

Momus is a Scottish-born artist who’s been kicking around the outskirts of pop culture since before I even came into being. The music itself? Ironic pop which rips the piss out of whatever genre of music is contemporary to the time. Add in an obsession with sex and relentless self-analysis, mix with an embrace of technology and japanese mythology and you’ve got one the most interesting musicians around (at nearly 50, Momus is still frantically creating music, books and performative art).

In a feat of Jeff Rosenstock-equalling awesomeness, Momus recently released his first 6 albums for free- and given that they are getting on a bit, they’ve held up remarkably well. 1988’s “Tender Pervert” is probably his best, a coyly intellectual gay-themed album about sexual perversity released against the backdrop of an archly repressed Thatcherian Britain.

The Homosexual” is a wonderfully bitchy song that straight/bi guys who got called “gay” through high school will revel in. “A Complete History of Sexual Jealousy Parts 17-24” showcases Momus’ self-deprecating wit. “Bishonen” and “The Charm of Innocence” are epic, short story-esque biographies. But there’s not a dud on here.

Download the whole album from here, read the insightful notes, then visit his blog here. You won’t regret it.

Well, that’s all I got. Peace!

Words from Edgewin

Well, there’s been a few turn ups this week.
The one that’s interested me most is the forthcoming release of “The Original Cowboy” by Against Me! on Fat Wreck, which is basically the demos from the bands second full length “The Eternal Cowboy”. I couldn’t help but ask myself “why are they doing this?” what with Tom Gabels solo record seemingly desperatly tryna win back fans who hated New Wave and the bands new direction, I can’t help but think this is another stunt. However, through my horrific elitism I can’t help but be excited about it. I never thought I’d buy a new Against Me! CD again.

Moving on.

This shit is genius.

Finally, The new NOFX record “Coaster/Frisbee” takes a few listens but it is good fun, and cheap. I can’t help but love everything this band does.

Word.

Arrogant sons of donations

QuoteUnquoteRecords are releasing every ASOB track on a donation based download starting from today. Hooray! looks like the new BTMI albums out on the 16th too.

We make records

Here is the link to the Static gun/Bikes and Bridges split I mentioned previously. Enjoy!

Heathers!

I’ve been meaning to post this band for ages, they recorded an album in spring 2008 for plan-it-x and hideaway records. There folk-punkish playing acoustics and alot better at singing at most riot folk singers out there, shit they even sing harmonies. The easiest way to piss of fans is ask if there listening to B+witched, well it works with my freinds. Aparently they’ll be touring with Ghost mice soon, that’ll be a fun show! It’s great to see some more D.I.Y. music coming out this side of the pond. Bye!

Myspace

Err punk?(Freeshit Friday)

Retro-Futuristic I guess this post is a little out of place but what it refers to is a little awesome. An Album from the BBC radiophonic department. Those cheery boffins that composed the Doctor Who Theme music. Enjoy!