8/10 Clinton Staff review, 31 August 2012
Wow. Well this is a nice suprise for anyone missing the kind of insane ‘60s styled pop that burst out of the Elefant 6 stable all those years ago. Forgetting about the opening tune which is a bit of a red herring, straight away we’re into ‘Man On Fire’ which combines a Beirut-style singalong with a decidedly punkish energy before bursting into ‘Shallow Beep’, one part Beta Band, one part Of Montreal and a whole heap of insane energy. Sometimes they wander aimlessly and you start fretting but then something like ‘Mechanical Horse’ blasts in, the lo-fi scuzz of Woods is brought to mind as is lost Beatles-obsessed psych pop practitioners Cotton Mather.
I really go crazy for tunes like ‘I Am A Car’. There are not that many bands out there doing this kind of stuff, somewhere between Oh No Ono, Deerhoof and Guided By Voices I guess, ‘60s-obsessed bonkers pop. Where does it all come from? I have no idea but I’m happy it’s here. Just when you think you have it all figured out ‘The Bingo Wing’ channels Slade and the Glitter Band. Bonkers but brilliant throughout.
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