I love the name Riot Tapes, if I could judge this band by their name this review would be a completely different collection of words.
I had a vision of a band out to upset the music business, maybe low fi but certainly edgy with an attitude as shard as Sissy. They have a record coming out on Nov 14 on interesting Dublin label, Reekus Records. Unfortunately I have had to listen to it. Polished electro pop that will no doubt appeal to a legion but I can’t see that legion coming on here.
GANGS has released the video for their newest single, the title track from their debut EP, Back To School . The EP is available now from Reekus Records, http://smarturl.it/GANGSbts. The video was directed by Gansee Films and the track was produced by Brian Foley of The Blades. Watch it here: http://smarturl.it/GANGSbtsvid.
Death In The Sickroom
Brick To The Face EP
irish pop that makes me thijnk of Hey Paulette. Will we ever see a band like them? Maybe not and they hold a rightful place at top of the jangle charts in this country. Not sure if Death In the sickroom are even aware of Hey Paulette but their legacy has laid the groundwork for bands like this. It’s guitar pop with a jangle and plenty of bass and treble. A nod to the Smiths for sure but the NME C86 sound didn’t make a noise for nothing and I can hear Wolfhounds and McCarthy behind the chord progression here. Ok they may not be asking “Should the Bible BE Banned” as McCarthy did back then but it’s clean sound is worth investigating.
Back To School
The term back to school resonates with me nopt more but equally comparable to most parents of children age between 5 and 17. Of course for us it’s a bout financial issues and lunchboxes and schoolbooks. Gangs aren’t getting at that but I still have that struggle.
“Try and spend all your life dreaming” they exclaim during Back To School, as I dream of a better world for me and my children. It evokes memories of Blades singing Downmarket. Clean mod sound with echoey vocals.
Each of the 4 tracks carry that “could have been written by Paul Cleary” guitar sound. Back to school is downmarket but it gets more pop with the loving overtones of Daisy. Poison IN Your Liffey Blood takes on a more serious tone as it talks about the bands hometown of Dublin. A town riddled with hypocricy, poverty, trouble and inspiration. Heartening to see that a group of teenagers have no qualms about dealing with the land of their birth so openly. Much like Paul Cleary and indeed Paul Weller could do.
Finally you get Young Employment with its jam, blades and beatles mix. Clean and refreshing