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- Cheer Up by The Wolfhounds
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 15 February 2013
Oh my days! For every 1,000,000,000,000 bands who reform there will be one or two who get me off my chaise longue to see what they are up to. First up, The Wolfhounds were a super ‘80s indie pop band whose work gradually got a harder more distorted bent before singer David Callaghan buggered off to form the utterly brilliant Moonshake. I’d read that The Wolfhounds had performed a gig or two over the past few years in London but I had no expectations of new material. But bugger me, here it is.
Callaghan sounds just as pissed off as ever, his vocal style is somewhere between a drunk weary late night accountant ranting against the tube system and the imagined singing voice of Charlie Brooker. Amid tuneful, jangly yet strident indie, Callaghan opens with ‘There’s nothing I like more than being stared at in the street’ before using the chorus to implore the protagonist to “f***ing cheer up”. It’s a belter of a tune that suggests they retain a vitality and songsmithery.
On the flip ‘Security’ sounds like it has come straight off their 1990 swansong ‘Attitude’ whilst ‘The Devil Looks After Her Own’ utilises a different vocalist and is less effective as a result despite some nice wavering guitars. Overall, an impressive return.
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