Manchester’s Proto Idiot resurrect the proto-punk sound for 2016, cheerfully combining snarly lead vocals with 60’s pop-chorus vocal harmonies. For Dummies is garage rock probably recorded in an actual garage, and it jumps through 13 fun-time tracks in 35 minutes. Released by the Bad Paintings label.
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Proto Idiot are a merry band of ne’r do wells who make a fuzzy pop racket and probably have a lot of fun in the process. The opening ‘Idiot Blues ‘ would be pretty good if it wasn’t the Who’s ‘Can’t Explain’ but it sets up the mood for the album which, if you believe the press release was recorded for 20p and a tin of spam. It sounds like it was recorded in the clippings collection box of a rusty old lawnmower but they certainly have tunes (half of them nicked). Even I, a really old man would probably attempt to move my body along to ‘Real Boys’ if I saw it 'in concert'. Their influences range from the Ramones to….um…..and they play these punk blasts at breakneck speed and with enough enthusiasm to kill a horse.
I’m waiting for the shards of pop glory that never really arrive although ‘We Were Here’ has shades of the young punky Love and shoehorns more chord changes into it’s three minutes than the rest of the album put together. The album bursts by in no time and is tremendous fun. The ear hurting production does hold the record back a bit as even this form of basic value pop punk needs a bit of colour added to it.
Overall though this is a solid unpretentious garage racket for fans of Ty Segall and Billy Childish.
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