- This Is Their Happening..... (CGG records)
From the melting pot that is Dublin, the 8-track mini album, This
Is My Happening and It xxxxx Me Up, but what does the NPB represent?
Well we are assured in the legal documentation that is does in fact
translate as, National Prayer Breakfast, nope sorry none
the wiser, or maybe this is meant to be seen as some sort of worship?
Yeah, that must be it.
Anyway, this was in fact released at the back end of last year, but
what of this 3 peice that has grabbed our attention by the balls and
squeezed until weve winced? Well although this is only the first
full length release on this side of the channel (Irish) and follows
their debut single release, Sadder Day Blues (which you
wont find here), this is in fact the groups second album (albeit
mini). Their debut, The Socialties Pefer Pop Music was released
in their native Ireland, but I expect the reason for this is that the
group are putting their music out on their self financed label, Catchy
Go Go records. This may well surprise, as the group are producing garage
rock, with influence taken from The Pixies and The Birthday Party,
that although packed up and left centre stage long ago, live strong
in the spirit of NPB.
Well thats the introduction taken care of, but how did the panel
N: Now, youre going to like this one!
T: OK I ADMIT IT. I LIKE IT!!! Presumably you said that because of the
Pixies influence, ahead of anything else. And yes, it has all the right
ingredients to tickle my funny bone and keep me gagging for more.
N: Now dont you half expect, on this opening track, for Clint
Eastwood to walk in on proceedings? Its all very Western.
T: Bloody hell! Look behind you, there he is!
N: Ive told you to cut down those nights on whiz!
T: Anyway, I think they sound rather a lot like Terrorvision on 1,000
Helicopters when they were at their peak, and thats no bad
thing. All the bands touted as major influences are very much in evidence
here - Sonic Youth, Pavement, The Birthday Party and The Pixies. All
to the good of course. It makes for an interesting and exciting album.
N: The band are, in their presentation, very dirty - as they crunch
and grind their Las Paul through its paces. And I dont know about
you, but as were listening to the album, the picture that comes
into my mind is Crazyheads Kev Reverb, his cowboy hat dipped low,
crunching the same chords.
T: What a fantastic comparison. Im speechless. Well not exactly
N: OK then, shut up and give me the floor!
T: I think we should just mark it.
N: Need we mark it? I think the evidence is clear that this albums
a winner! 9/10