Mammal Club - The Au [EP]
Who says that new bands from Newcastle can’t combine pop music with an experimental nature and psychedelic influences to great effect? No, really, does anyone say that? It’d be quite an odd thing to say, wouldn’t it? Seriously, if you do know anyone that does say that firstly tell them that Jake thinks they are quite odd and secondly and more importantly tell them to listen to the debut EP from Mammal Club.
At first they might stick to their slightly peculiar rule of thumb, but tell them to give the four-piece’s debut release a few listens. Tell them it’ll grow after each listen; eventually containing the kind of energetic, dance-able pop song crafted by the likes of Everything Everything and Man Man. The Au EP opens strongly with the twinkling and math-influenced sound of ‘Otter’; gloch loops speedily, bass drum thuds, hi-hats hiss, bass buzzes and vocals – all up-and-down, frantic and striking – make an impact immediately. It’s precise, impressive, big and exciting – and that’s exactly how the EP continues throughout.
‘Out Of The Playground’ is all Hot Club De Paris-intro before launching into a big guitar and drum chorus, less pacey than the EP’s opener but equally as thrilling with the fast-paced harmonised guitar and bass work, combined again with the ever impressive vocals. ‘Hang’ quickly cements itself firmly at the base of your skull; opening like a d’n’b remix of a shoegaze epic, before revealing itself as one of the catchiest songs you’re likely to hear in a while, and closer ‘Picket’ is certainly the EP’s pensive and more downbeat number – demonstrating the band’s ability to spread their wings.
Bands often struggle to create a record that makes both a critical and a public impact, but Mammal Club look likely to achieve strong backing from both on the end of this release.
For a venue so incredibly small, The Prince Albert can fit an impressive number of people. A few weeks back, Titus Andronicus packed out its dark room above the bar, not far from Brighton Station. Tonight, itâs their fellow countrymen Twin Sisterâs turn to stake a claim for possibly putting on bands of this size in a slightly bigger venue â though as a Brighton-newbie, perhaps this is a practise I will grow accustomed to. First band Sea Dog open to an already busy venue (although mos... [read more]
I propose a new –cholia noun. Much like the state of depression (and, in the case of W. Basiski, gorgeous sadness) known as melancholia, the term bucholia needs to be coined. Also able to be spelled <em>bucolia</em> to evoke the root word better, the term shall describe the omnipresent state of pretending to live in the countryside and occasionally pretending to get a few sheep. [read more]
Dum Dum Girls never fail impress me with their nostalgic, retro noise pop and this EP is no exception. Like, their brilliant 2010 album, He Gets Me High, successfully encapsulates how it feels to be in love delivered in the form of 60's tinged, riot grrrl esque vocals and grungy, distorted guitars. Dum Dum Girls prove that this isn't just a playlist of songs with no relevance that didn't make the album cut, but a perfect follow up to the album and a body of work with a specific interlink... [read more]
Label: Wall of Sound Release Date: 15/03/10 Website: Official Website The start of a biography tells me that Cosmo Jarvis is âa new kind of artistâ¦a songwriter and a singer, but also a filmmaker, storyteller, poet, iconoclast, Jessica Alba enthusiast and campaigner for the equal treatment of gay pirates.â It is a typical introduction for a solo artist who basically makes good-time pop. From the moment the well-produced single âCrazy Screwed Up Ladyâ begins, my suspicions are co... [read more]