Fun & Games CD Album
1. Swingball 2. Use your friends 3.Target Practice
4. That look again 5. Make things happen 6. The music of the clones
7. Pressure to perform 8. Time talent continuum 9. I move too fast
10. Advice from the golden couple 11. I'm easy 12. The one we did
last monday 13. The girl who fell asleep whilst watching her life
flash before her eyes 14. Weathergirl (MPEG video)
- January 2004
Review written by Mark E
consisting of three muckers some of whom are featured within other
wrath records acts (label heroes scaramanga six). the cover shows
said band members in uniform red shirt/black trousers .. an injoke/dig
at another large profile band who also use basic red/white/black
uniform ? but the main driving force is dave cooke who has obviously
a desire to be an extreme pop star, in the same league as julian
cope. a lot of music industry related anecdotes and stories are
contained within the barbed words of intent, indicating that dave
has a certain observational take on the whole front person aspect
of his role that could shake robbie williams confidence to dust.
opening with 'swingball' a track featured on the labels 7"
series and has been written about elsewhere but deserves top billing
on the bands album and opens the fun in startling effect. the fact
that this is followed by another head lodging melody/chorus just
adds to the compulsive vibes .. barbed wire words set against new
wave pop sensibilities. wired.
as well as the post punk pop feel the trio expand the musical menu
'the music of the clones starts off slow and mellow .. but then
picks up and lets rip - a bit demo sounding - but eventually the
vibes drag you in to its rather sarcastic atmosphere.
this is followed by "pressure to perform" - more music
related lyrical deftness .. catchy singalong stuff, and when the
sythn/organ part is layered then things do indeed sound a lot more
developed and hold the attention levels. basically this is a track
to have excess booze and sing along with at loud volumes ..
these opening tracks are perfect weirdo schitzo-pop.
'time talent continuum' . more stories re failed musicians playing
gigs in london.. is this a concept album ? or self reverential stuff
thankfully after the last demo sounding tracks this has a more rounded
feel to the instrumentation. and the epic 70's rock guitar sound
towards the end is very welcome. the appearance of julian cope 'autogeddon'
period blues rock beats is an interesting one, i just hope the guys
dont prescribe to the same lifestyle that cope has documented at
length in the last few years ..
another jolt is 'advice from the golden couple' with its thin distorted
guitar sound that feels to have been ripped directly out of steve
albini's skull. this is not overly appealing at first and the disjointed
vocal almost makes me hit the 'next' button too quickly .. cos once
the track hits the chorus then the fun factor is definitley back
on course ' .. and soooo i get drunk ..' by the 5th listen this
could be my fave track. wonderful.
'i'm easy ' - opening with tacky little keyboard sound that invokes
nightmares of crap crimbo presents. again the spirit of julian cope
looms large ... melody driven sweetness .. slowly a clean guitar
lines pick out some groovesome harmonies over the top of the strange
burbling synths. interesting. and dave c's vocals are now beginning
to become very distinctive and fit the psychosis pop to perfection.
next up is the albums epic track, 'the one we did last monday',
mellow, country and western depressional blues. church organ buildup
and male vocal choral backing add to the atmosphere, then after
3 and half minutes we take a severe left hand turn when a offtune
guitar makes the track completely non c-and-w radio friendly. obviously
the guys just cant help those sonic demons that they have to expurge
them from time to time .. the next guitar break adds /saxaphone
to the equation - a standout track..
to finish the album off we get another perfect uptempo singalonga
guitar pop song with a title thats far to long to bother with -
la la la indeed.
can i mention previous leeds based guitar legends wedding present
without getting lynched ? even the title has a certain gedgelike
appeal ('the girl who fell asleep whilst watching her life flash
before her eyes')
so over the course of the last 50 minutes we have revisited wire,
cope, wedding present, fatima mansions in worthy doses. we've had
a laugh at the words, winced at the painfully sharp observations,
and sung along loud and proud when the chorus's hit the relevant
who could ask for more .. back to the start.