Notes From The Underground..

By on Friday, 20th March 2009 at 11:00 am

In this version of NFTU we’re reviewing some of the latest singles from Driving By The Night, Go:Audio, The Penny Black Remedy & Walk. Don’t Walk. – anddd we have an EP courtesy of Ono Palindromes to review amongst the singles.

Driving By Night – Promise In Youth (Dental Records)

The thing with bands that are so brilliant as live acts is that they can’t transform the magic onto a CD, so as I read the horrahs of Irish outfit DBN’s live work (which includes a sell out show at the NY Mercury Lounge) I wonder whether they’ve been able to find that magical live => release formula. The track starts slowly but is quickly filled with energy, the atmosphere is strong and the presence of the drums is chilling. This is one of those rare tracks, that is so filled with atmosphere that it makes you wonder how brilliant it would sound live. The single does not disappoint and the power commanded by the guitar drives the record into a hair raising chorus. All in all a brilliant effort from the Irishmen who no doubt are onto bigger and better things in the near future.

Go:Audio – Drive To The City (Rubix Records)

The opening of this song is a dead ringer for ‘Barbie Girl..’ once this has passed the synth-chorus kicks in, the chorus is a dancefloor-filler though the verses are a little boring (until the guitars arrive that is..) Whilst the band try to replicate the old Panic! At The Disco sound, their most blatant flaw emerges – they’re too American. It’s hard to believe this band is British, even the lyrics; “And I’ll set the scene/You’ll be queen I’ll be king like a movie/cause we’re so pretty.” Unfortunately the lyrics don’t get much better though there is something listenable about the track, and as I look at their album (which’ll be featured in the next segment of NFTU) I can’t help but think that perhaps there is much more we are yet to hear from this band.

Ono Palindromes – Kitty Magic EP (Rainbow Records)

The debut EP from this electro set is nu-rave-esque madness. ‘Eat Your Make-Up is a party starting freakdown from a band who are somehow progressively dance punk. The track is a belter and the whole EP is fantastically engineered to provide a raw hip shaking sound – the tone of ‘Solfuk’ is testament to this bands ability to fuse together a sound of hard guitars and synthetic harmonies. The bass also plays a large role and the ability to juggle instruments without making them clash shows fantastic harmony. Embedding the guitar into dance is a place where alot of would-be Klaxons fall over, but Ono have managed to hold their own. The opener ‘Kitty Magic’ could have been stronger but by ‘The End’ it’s a distant memory, the track has a brilliant sense of control over the tempo and serves as a good end to the EP. Your opinion on this band is very likely to depend on your opinion of ‘guitrance’ as a whole, fans of nu rave and other indie/dance crossovers will be satisfied with this effort, whilst it’s nothing special it’s great for a couple spins..

Ono Palindromes

The Penny Black Remedy – 95 Charing Cross Road

This folk-jazz-indie track is a work of pop genius. It’s immediately sing-a-long material and the lyrics are witty yet clever; “They did not take my heartache/They forgot to take my pain.” The country-esque feel of the track combined with speedy drums create a unique sound which when combined with a harmonica makes a feel-good anthem which is danceable, singable and frankly playable.. This is the kind of song which makes Jo Whiley wet her pants, and despite being commercially sellable the band experiment with their unique sound – meaning any credit they receive will be well-deserved. With a new album coming out soon, a track like this is the perfect tease of things to come.. the number of genres covered by this track, be it reggaeish ska, punk, indie, country, jazz, folk or acoustic is brilliant, this is the intertwining of some brilliant sounds into a single which is itself a stroke of pop mastery..

Walk.DontWalk – Day From Hell (slicethepie)

The start of this track is classically indie-pop, the guitar makes an immediate effect and shadowed by the bass sets out a brilliant tone which follows through the rest of the track. The stammering vocals and stuttering guitars add to the energetic vibe (sometimes mellowed by the saxophone.) The experimenting with a sax is different and works well with the composition of the song, the idea of a sax-solo may not sound appealing but these guys find a way to make it work, and rather well may I add. Definitely one of the best tracks reviewed in this edition of NFTU (the other being DBN’s debut.) The song is explosive and the vocals compliment the guitars brilliantly, and the rhythm of the track as a whole is remarkable. This track comes highly recommended (which might not mean much to you coming from me, but ahh well..)


That wraps up this edition of Notes From The Undergound, keep your eyes peeled for the next installment..

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