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It’s de rigeur these days to steal from the early ‘90s. Having had the misfortune to hear Drenge last night it appears I can throw away all my Nirvana B-sides as I won’t be needing them any more. It’s okay, though, to borrow from the past as long as you bring a few tunes with you and luckily Splashh have plenty to go round though the opening track on this album starts so much like ‘Wave of Mutilation’ by the Pixies that I can see Joey Santiago’s forehead from here. It completely fails to inspire pretty much because I’ve heard it all before.
Much, much better is ‘All I Wanna Do’ which has a rhythm that reminds me of several early ‘90s indie-disco classics including ‘Kennedy’ by The Wedding Present and pretty much anything by Unrest. It has a nice elastic vocal melody culminating in the tacked on chorus of “Sweet Cherry, extraordinary”, a non-sequitur to the rest of the song but that’s only the type of thing you worry about when you’re 40; if it makes the 18-year-old version of me bounce around like I used to to ‘Truck, Train, Tractor’, then it’s job done.
‘Need It’ is the sound of The Field Mice with bells and whistles tacked on and I like it very much. ‘Vacation’ sits in that odd mid-point between early Oasis and early The Cure. The vocal’s have Liam’s snottiness, yet there is a mysterious gothy feel to the guitars - and the combination works. It appears, as the album wears on, that Splashh have taken bits of various bands of a certain vintage and injected it with a modicum of youth and vigour, they have a nice tightly compressed sound and the general shoegaze type feel of the tracks is married with a strident danceable edge. They have a handful of dead good life affirming songs that mix a slight melancholic pathos, in-vogue shoegaze moves with the boundless joy of youth.
7/10 Vern Customer review, 25th July 2013
'Comfort' is the debut LP from Hackney based Garage/Psychedelic Rock band, Splashh (no connection to US band, Wavves). Already highly rated by those in the know, Splashh have been doing the circuit, showing up at plenty of festivals this summer. Their sound is that of a summer festival. It's searing heat, roaring drunk and lazy, half conscious relaxation. They are channeling a similar genre as fellow young British band Palma Violets, but these guys are a faded out, slurring drunk version with sun for guitar chords. Front man Sasha Carlson has a Libertines, dangerous vibe, as if he'll spit in your face after kicking you in with his Dr Martens. It's refreshing in a time of front men like the cocooned Charlie Fink and the rather vacant guy from the bores that are 'Peace'. The music too is rebellious and the album kick starts with 'Headspins', a lolloping piece with a great riff. 'All I Wanna Do' is a fine example of the band's sound; faded vocals over scratchy guitar and piercing keys. A highlight is 'Need It'. It has an amazing synth part which sounds like some crazy siren or the tearing engine of a future car. It drives through the track with Carlson's whiny vocals fading out on top. The track is the moment of drinking that final tequila shot and lying flat out in the sun. Another highlight is 'Vacation', a punchy punk ballad with a chorus made for fighting, vomiting and having a great time. That's how the whole albums sounds in fact, it's a group of lads out for a good time and it makes you want to join in. It does have some flaws; lyrically it isn't spectacular but the punchy vocals are delivered and mixed well. The songs are perhaps lacking some variety but if you're planning on getting some beers, crashing in the garden and tearing the bollocks out of everything, this is a great soundtrack to the mayhem.
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