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  singles - april 2004
  - Sungover
- The Belles
- Magnet featuring Gemma Hayes
- Kelman
- Amplifier

- Tramp Attack
- Airport Girl

- Evader/Alto45
- Goldfrapp
- Dilated Peoples
- Melaleuca


 

Sungover - Convoy & Nixon ep
Sungover produce snappy Lounge-pop that would encourage all but the most cynical misanthrope to throw a few shapes in front of the bedroom mirror.

On their Convoy and Nixon EP’s, equal measures of late seventies disco, funk and rock are thrown in the Sungover blender with a great big dollop of pop, producing what in the wrong hands could have ended up as saccharine and cloying as Sunny-Delight, but in fact turns out to be far more mellow and refreshing, like a big strawberry and banana smoothie. Yummy!

Leighton Cooksey


 

The Belles – Never Said Anything (Eat Sleep)
Considering this sounds like Eagles, I like it very much indeed. The Belles album was great, but I lost it when I moved, so it never got reviewed in tasty, which is a shame. Anyway, ‘Never Said Anything’ is a pretty little thing – nothing ground breaking, mind, just a lovely, sad, whimsical, summery pop song..the sort The Posies used to write in their quieter moments.

Sam Metcalf


Tramp Attack – 1471 (Must Destroy)
Hey, hey, hey! This is ace! Think Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band playing the hits of the Housemartins, and you’ll soon be humming the kerrazzyy sounds of Tramp Attack. One would hesitate to think what goes on in the mind of these warped buggers, but suffice to say they would grace a social function of any kind. Book them now.

Sam Metcalf


Airport Girl – Salinger Wrote (WIAIWYA)
Having recently gone all slow and moody on the tasty contingent at the Rescue Rooms, the marvellous Airport Girl return with a storming single. Savage and serene in equal measures, ‘Salinger Wrote’ features perhaps the most primal middle eight of the month, and, for a moment, has me dancing like a New Model Army fan. That, thankfully, doesn’t last long, as Rob Price’s brittle vocal comes back in to save my embarrassment. Both beautiful and powerful, then, ‘Salinger Wrote’ is another one of those Airport Girl singles that can quite easily be filed under ‘classic’. Good for them.

Sam Metcalf


Goldfrapp - Black Cherry
Every time I listen to a Goldfrapp tune, a little smile starts to form on the corners of my mouth. My eyes start to stare into that midspace between foreground and background, gazing at nothingness as my mind drifts away. Train's throbbing fuck-a-thon and her teasingly promising some dominance in Strict Machine have me all rigid at the mere aural glimpse of Alison Goldfrapp's voice. She's a  dirty bitch and I want her. In my daydreams you understand. Having said that Black Cherry's a bit dreary. Breathy vocals backed by the kind of organ recital you get when walking into church. Still eh, I suppose it's a bit like Kate Bush. But with a hard-on.

Simon Wilson


 

Magnet featuring Gemma Hayes – Lay Lady Lay (Ultimate Dilemma)
Yes, that song. And not a bad version. But I can never seem to get my dad’s version out of my head, when I hear this song. It’s his only song, and no-one’s gonna take it away from him. He might have benefited from Gemma Hayes’ though, who has the filthiest voice ever…and makes go all funny at the knees. And I’m pretty sure my Dad’s never ever done that to anyone.

Sam Metcalf


 

Kelman – demo
From the ashes of the great, but mis-understood Baptiste come Kelman! And what’s that? It’s Wayne Gooderham on vocals, that’s what. That’s not the only thing that his old and new bands have in common either. Maybe Kelman are a little more understated than Baptiste – the addition of a cello seems to have mellowed Wayne and his brother Marc a little bit. Kelman seem to be taking things a little easier. That’s not to say that Wayne’s lyrics aren’t as full of spitting bile as before, just that Kelman are a little more subtle than before.  ‘Untitled’ sounds like early Mercury Rev produced by Stephen Street, whilst ‘A New Career in a New Town’ is the best track here – just over three minutes of restrained anger. Kelman certainly deserve everything that Baptiste never quite managed to get.

Sam Metcalf


 

Amplifier – Neon (Music for Nations)
Bombarded, as I am, with rock music, this probably isn’t the worst song I’ve ever heard that can be filed under that much maligned genre. It’s pretty unpretentious stuff, nicely produced and all that, but listening to it, I can’t help but think of Gullivers nightclub, Grimsby, in about 1993. Surely rock, metal – call it what you will – didn’t stop dead with the release of ‘In Utero’, did it?

Sam Metcalf


 

Dilated Peoples – This Way featuring Kayne West (Capitol)
Yikes! A rap record! I don’t understand! No doubt those who ran the sadly missed In Love With These Times… website would make more of this than me. More of ILWWT elsewhere on tasty, but for now, this is quite a quaint little ditty. I like the little whistle thing in the background. I’m no Tim Westwood am I? Innit etc…

Sam Metcalf


Evader/Alto 45 - Split Demo (Happy Capitalist)
If there is one thing that will brighten up my week, it’s winning a Ford Focus in a bag of Walkers crisps. Failing this a package from Alto 45 will never go amiss. Although the packaging isn’t quite as lavish as the ‘Don’t Give Up Giving Up’ single (teabags! Enhanced CD! And 7” single! You guys are spoiling us.) the music is as good as ever, and with the introduction of another band from the Happy Capitalist stable, how can you go wrong? Add to this a lovely letter from Joe from Alto 45 (thanks Joe!) and you’re on to a winner!

This is the first I have heard of Evader and I am liking what I am hearing. I suppose the influences come thick and fast with this lot Dinosaur Jr., Pavement, Everclear, a cut price Beach Boys and Weezer (‘Pinkerton’ era, you understand), in fact I think it may be Rivers Como on vocal duties on ‘Clubhouse’. The band were formed to ‘make people happy’, and my feelings of joy cannot really be disguised. Although it may not be deemed ‘cool’ in some quarters to play catchy upbeat, unashamedly ‘pop’ songs, this sort of behaviour will always be welcomed round my house, as are Evader. Bagsy, I get the album when it comes to the reviews!!!

The second half does nothing to disappoint either. Good old Alto 45, I’m not one really to repeat myself, so you should just look at the previous review of their last single. ‘Don’t Give Up Giving Up’ has been floating around my head now for months; it even survived almost being displaced by ‘Hey Ya’. The other songs here are less reliant on the electronic elements, but to be honest, are no weaker for that. I suppose you should just go and listen to this for your self! 

Imagine if you will…Being sixteen again……ahhhh!

Drew Millward


Melaleuca – Mid-Air Collision
Maybe this is just not my cup of tea, so it may be a little unfair to say, but there was nothing here that jumped out and grabbed my attention, or suggested that melaleuca are a shining beacon amongst a sea of alternative rock dross. That said, fans of this type of thing may disagree, and I may be totally wrong.

 Sure they can play; they sound tight and there are some moments of pretty furious riffs and some nifty drumming, but I can’t get exited about technical ability alone. There are shades of Muse or Tool at play, but aside from “End Communication”, which has a little of the Chilli Peppers’ recent, more radio friendly sound, there are scant few memorable moments for me. 

Leighton Cooksey