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- Mr Mars / Rock 'n' Roll Music by Lantern
10/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 08 August 2013
Oh yeah! Lantern’s recent LP on Sophomore Lounge (soon to get a UK pressing on Cardinal Fuzz) was a revelation, like a stoned, glammed up take on Stooges proto-punk with boy-girl vocals, honking sax and plenty of psychedelic guitar acrobatics. Now we’ve managed to hunt down some copies of this 7” for you which comes in three different sleeves, each limited to just 80 copies! 80! If I was a flipping man I’d buy them all but that’s not my style.
Anyway, I’m listening to this 7” and it’s great! ‘Mr Mars’ sees the band on true stompin’ form with both singers singing and handclapping and their friend David Fishkin contributing some freewheeling sax madness. On the other side ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Music’ thumps along Stoogily but with no sax this time. I like the A side best but these are both cracking tracks which you’ll be eager to get hold of if you didn’t think ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Rorschach’ was long enough. There are a lot of people trying to make music that sounds like the ‘70s nowadays but I can’t think of anyone who does it as infectiously as this band. I love it and I want more, it makes me want to drink cheap booze and dance badly. Time to try and track down all those early cassettes on Night People, Bathetic etc I think!
5/10 Bax Customer review, 14th August 2013
Nope, don't get this one little bit. It's "infectious" like The Darkness were infectious, or even early Suede. Fun for a listen or two in amidst the dross but taking the listener nowhere new whatsoever.
Let's be charitable and say it bears recent comparison with the also hugely over-hyped Goat. Are we doomed to repeat bits of the musical past like this, ad infinitum? As someone who (mainly thanks to a somewhat 'over-attentive' uncle) caught the tail-end of '70s glam (and prog, and psychedelia - which was utterly worn out by then) in all their dullard shittiness can we please just skip this and head straight to the punk/electro phase?
And by that I don't mean rehashing those movements.
Let's not have any more of this old man shit eh?
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