Review: The Virgins – The Virgins

By on Friday, 26th June 2009 at 12:00 pm

The Virgins (cover)I’m gonna make this quick, as The Virgins are hardly a new band, having been the subject of much hype (that I seemingly ignored). I downloaded their self-titled debut a few days ago and was really surprised. For some reason I had an image of them being die-hard indie kids, instead I get some great pop that is catchy, like The Strokes would have been if they’d continued having albums as good as their debut.

Sounding like a brilliant hybrid between the Strokes, Beach Boys and Fountains of Wayne, they’re fun and just the perfect soundtrack to hazy summer BBQ parties.

Fun, intelligent and funky, just about all the tracks could be single material. ‘Teen Lovers’ has a great 80’s sound to it, and is possibly one of my favourite tracks of the album, with it’s “5, 6, 7, 8” chants, and an intro that sounds like it’s about to go straight into some dodgy Kyle and Jason track.

“Private Affair” is just the sort of stuff you can imagine being dropped from a Fountains of Wayne album for being “too serious”, with some great storytelling and almost a yearning feeling to it.

Either way, make sure you check out The Virgins at one of the festivals this summer – they play Glastonbury (tomorrow), T in the Park, Oxegen and Reading and Leeds this summer as well as (tonnes) of dates in France.

The Virgins‘ debut album is out now. Buy it from Amazon.

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