New sounds from Cowtown! Always a cause for celebration. As ever, they are one the most efficient crews in bouncy, poppy independant guitar sounds: Paranormal Romance jumps through 12 tracks in 23 minutes, with not a single excess or misplaced sound. And most importantly, it’ll make you both dance and smile. Pink vinyl joint-released by Audacious Art Experiment and Hot Salvation.
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- Paranormal Romance by Cowtown
Cowtown can be one of the finest live bands on the planet when they choose to. A whirling ball of sonic fun..... Devo with Status Quo's John Coughlan on drums. It's not always easy to transfer this whirling dervish sound onto record but on 2013's 'Dudes Vs Bad Dudes' they managed to get all their best tunes onto an album which could be played in the home or in the workplace as well as in a sweaty club. 'Paranormal Romance' explodes onto the turntable like a hyperactive ball of sonic energy and the pace never let's up throughout the 22 (22?!) minutes. Two songs in, you already need a lie down.
These songs are so intense and so visceral that the band sometimes forget to write tunes to go along with them. Certainly the songwriting is more basic here than previously with less emphasis on killer choruses and monstrous hooks. They do let little mini hooks sneak in - the chorus of 'Castleman', the "oh ay oh" 'Walk Like an Egyptian' vocal earworm on 'Tweak' and the spring reverbed guiitar hook on album standout 'Castle Greyscale' but rarely do they make your tummy go really funny. The band showcase their love of bubble gum pop and jerky new wave most successfully on 'Motivational Speaker' where the pace is slowed a tad which works more successfully than on 'Not Sure' which seems to be running away from a band desperately trailing in it's wake.
There's enough fun here to ensure that fans won't go home disappointed, It's a maelstrom of breezy new wave pop fun with a harder guitar-led edge than before but maybe fewer actual pop thrills. Also..do go and see them live.....just remember to hold onto your socks.
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