Listening to Hot Head Show’s debut album, The Lemon LP stimulates time consuming, and ultimately fruitless, experiments to track, catalogue and rationalise the potential influences, or borrowed sounds one might detect across the LP’s reasonably concise thirty four minutes. Primus or Les Claypool (with whom the band has a touring relationship) is perhaps the most obvious, but it is hard to stymie further, ever-more eclectic suggestions. Gogol Bordello’s gypsy strings in ‘Hotel Room’...? The horns of Mariachi El Bronx in ‘Whiskey Pockey’...? Or Black Keys’ blues musings in ‘Donkey’...?

The somewhat clichéd truth that emerges from this confusing - and entirely subjective – soup: The Lemon LP is a truly avant-garde production that ranges ambitiously and entertainingly across the genres. By doing so it provides refreshing public space for and attention to the ska and blues sounds that have been so absent as of late.

Much of this LP is dedicated to short and snappy tracks (much like The Vaccines should one wish to continue the torturous activity dismissed earlier). For example: ‘Payload’ (2:19), ‘Blessed Polynomial’ (1:41) and ‘People’ (1:11). In conjunction with The Lemon’s generally fast tempo, these short tracks imbibe the album with a hugely enjoyable pace, not depreciated by any retreat toward repetitiveness.

The frenetic pace – arguably easier to maintain on a shorter track – is no less noticeable on the longest piece on the album, ‘Chopstickabean; Bambini': a six minute romp of crashing symbols, circulating bass lines and torrents of passionately delivered lyrical madness. However, this is not to say that the lyrics or monologues that punctuate The Lemon LP are unintelligible or bland. The title track is particularly worthy of notes for its witty opening monologue.

Doubtless the range and energy of this album will not be to all listeners tastes; however, one would have to question the taste of anyone who failed to recognise the unusual and exciting sound of Hot Head Show’s debut offering.