by richard archer
Off-kilter structure gives the band a further edge. ‘Sincere’ has a few extra or few less bars here and there which surprises and delights when coupled with its cynical lyrics (“You’re so commanding / The lies are outstanding / A perfect betrayal / Of someone who cares”) and lurching dynamic shifts. Elsewhere on ‘Monopoly’, Nicola throws lyrical darts at relationship breakdown (“I never liked your family anyway, anyway / They used to cheat at Monopoly anytime we played”) on what could be a ballad played with cudgels.
The songs are propelled by fabulous production which makes the most of the bands strengths whilst respecting the three-piece value. Where mobs of harmony and fuzz guitar on tracks like ‘Monopoly’ and ‘Something To Tell You’ will give your stereo speakers something to do, they won’t distract from the band performances at the centre.
So here we have a band worthy of being as revered as the classic bands in this most mislabelled of genres. Let’s hope there’s a writer with more creativity and talent than myself who can think of descriptive terminology that better suits them all.