Ok so today we’re gonna review six 7”s released this year. six bands, two songs apiece, to see who you hate the least.
Fergus & Geronimo – Harder Than It’s Ever Been bw/ Last Letter (Woodsist)
I don’t know if they meant for it to be like that, but it was recorded very rough, and as usual, I’ve heard it all before, nothing great about it but it’s fine-ish.
Sic Alps – L. Mansion bw/ Superlungs My Supergirl (Slumberland)
sounds like a very amateurish rendering of early Beatles stuff.
are you saying they have the potential to become ‘the greatest band in the world ever’?
haha no! they are just imitating the early work of ‘the greatest band in the world ever’.
they have a lot to learn.
these guys are a school band, the guys from sixth form playing at the end of year concert.
Frat Dad – Greg the Nerd bw/ Freak in Nature (Underwater Peoples)
did they just record one of their rehearsals?
they haven’t decided which colour to paint with.
basically, what I’m saying is they don’t know what to do.
they’re hoping people can’t hear how bad it is under the muddled mess.
Nodzzz – True to Life bw/ Good Times Crowd (What’s Your Rupture?)
boring, dreary, amateurish, like….yeah? well, everything like that.
The Cave Weddings – Bring Your Love bw/ Let’s Drive (Hozac)
these guys are second best so far, after Geronimo and whoever.
again it’s all so totally predictable, school band stuff. no real musical ideas, no real… it’s derivative, all of it.
remember when I’d go see you playing at battle of the bands things? it’s like that.
it’s not surprising though is it? there are so many people making music these days, you can’t expect them all to be good.
it’s like when I used to teach in Dun Laoghaire, out of a class of twenty, you’d be lucky to have one real talent.
I wonder how many bands there are in America? tens of thousands surely.
in good times…maybe 1% would be good? and out of that 1%, 5% might be really excellent.
of course, we are….well we forget that the reproductive media have raised the expectations of our standards, you watch premiership football on the telly, and suddenly everything that isn’t premiership football is ‘crap’. even though it actually isn’t at all crap it just seems that way because we’re fed the best.
same goes for music.
and really, bands like this you should really listen to in context, and listening to it on record is wrong, you expect recorded music to sound professional, I should go see these guys play in their local village hall, with people having beers and just enjoying the music.
we’ve still got one more to go, maybe they’ll turn everything around for you.
Real Estate – Fake Blues bw/ Green River (Half Machine)
They are WAY ahead of all the rest.
are you just saying that because the recording is cleaner than the others?
no, no, they actually have ‘a sound’ they know what they’re about.
they also sound modern, all the rest sound so dated, they could’ve come from the early sixties or whenever.
Real Estate are the winners, I actually like that.
I don’t dislike Fergus & Geronimo either but Real Estate I would probably buy.
The others? if they came on the radio…I would switch it off.