The Family Cat frontcat Paul Frederick has a new album with his duo Jack Adaptor, who also feature co-songwriter Christopher Cordoba, with Frederick covering the lyrics and vocals and Cordoba taking care of the instruments and production. It's sophisticated up-tempo indie rock and features homages to the Velvet Underground and Big Star. Frederick says it's "a distillation of 20 years of thinking about music and the kind of record I wanted to make", and optimistically-titled second single 'Number One Record' has been in rotation on Lamacq.
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This is the new offering from Paul Frederick who once fronted The Family Cat. Younger readers might not know who I’m talking about but they were quite something in our 6th form common room back in ‘90. Frederick has spent the last 20 years having a think about what kind of music he wants to make and from the sounds of this record he doesn’t seem to have come up with an answer.
The album veers across a multitude of styles but not quite nailing any of them . Opener ‘Number One Record’ is the best thing here - is an excellent slice of tuneful indie-pop with nods towards Big Star but not as blindingly obvious as Teenage Fanclub have done in the past, it’s more like a breezy English slice of Smithsy pop with a harmony-filled chorus so far so good which makes what follows almost unfathomable. ‘Get it Right First Time’ is a kind of skanky lollop reminiscent i guess of the Specials or to a degree Shack. ‘The Circle’ is a nice eerie slice of gothy guitar, sounding very 80’s. ‘Zodiac Bones’ sits somewhere between late 70’s Bee Gees and the Boo Radley’s.
From then on the album continues its quest to sound like an Andy Peebles playlist from 1978 with ‘Paper Thin’ and its Badfinger/Mccartney balladry, ‘VU’ is nice folky pop not unlike the Michael Head and the Strands record. I can’t quite get my head around what is going on here, the nearest band I can compare it to is the aforementioned Shack. Winsome, changeable stuff.
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