It was about ten years ago that a bunch of bands with names beginning with ‘The’ turned up and ‘saved’ music from Nu Metal, Pop Punk and Fred Durst. It was their penchant for guitar based garage rock that shook things up and subsequently the face of alternative music changed. The downside to any new movement is that there are always bandwagon hoppers and when the bubble bursts they are the first to go out with the flood. Those Darlins sound like a band that is piggybacking on this whole craze except no one seems to have told them they are a decade late to the party.

Screws Get Loose is for the most part, a raucous listen. The band’s default mode is to thrash out three chord songs and rack the overdrive up. The melody lines are heavily influenced by 60s girl groups and are very simplistic. With this comes a 'we’re here to trash your party’ attitude, middle finger clearly raised and a whiney, snarling vocal delivery. ‘Be Your Bro’ the lead single, deals with the problem of wanting to be mates (or bros) with someone when they want a relationship. This is eloquently put in the line "I just wanna run and play in the dirt with you/you just wanna stick it in." ‘Fatty Needs a Fix’ is a standout track mainly for the ludicrous nature of the lyrics. Frontwoman, Jessi Darlin presents to us her desire for food rather than sex. She is "too hungry to urrrr". She also manages to get in the lyrics "You come home wanting love making/I hope you will put on the bacon." The chorus melody childishly climbs up in thirds and the song is over within two minutes. The song is so ridiculous that it is turns out being kind of charming, but I doubt you’ll be listening to it in a month’s time.

Despite the album being relatively short, most of the other songs outstay their welcome due mainly to the lack of interest garnered in them. Choruses are usually just the title of the song repeated over and over and the album quickly becomes tedious. When the band do decide to veer away from the three chord stuff you get ‘Mystic Mind’, a slow, brooding song with some surprisingly good guitar work and more interesting ideas. However, on ‘Boy’ the Darlins get all soppy on us and the result is a laboriously insipid track.

Screws Get Loose shows glimmers of promise but too often the band gets lazy, believing they can get away with turning the amps up, stealing a Shangri-La’s melody and writing some shock-comedy lyrics. There is not enough variety, not enough risks taken and their sound is dated. One look at their videos says it all. If ever the cliché that a band is ‘style over substance’ was necessary then it is here. If garage girl groups are your bag then go listen to the Dum Dum Girls record instead. It may not be as riotous or beer-swilling as this, but it is a more interesting and pleasurable listen.