In the wake of Sleaford Mods and Hard Left here's another bunch of older lads getting really annoyed with stuff. Taking their cue from the London 'poetry' of Ian Dury this London four piece have made a scabrous, snarling album which has enough melodicism and bite to appeal to fans of the best bits of post-punk and Two Tone era ska. .
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The world is currently full of very angry middle aged men. They remember the ‘70s and ‘80s when people really cared about stuff and retweeting Owen Jones wasn’t seen as the pinnacle of rebelliousness. You had to get out there and face life and get punched in the face and called all manner of names and you couldn’t go on Facebook and whine about it. You just had to deal with it.
For better are worse those days have gone but One Eyed Wayne as much as they are fed up with the modern world concentrate on making music that is extremely evocative of the golden early ‘80s. Many of these tracks recall the young and vibrant Madness. They have the sort of speedy ska influenced tempos and insanely catchy choruses that marked out the nutty boys as far more than just ska influenced North London thugs.
Like early Madness, they don’t always get it right, a few of these tracks invoke the lyrical cringe-iness of Suggs on a bad day but they can usually salvage things with a catchy chorus. When they get it right as on the belting ’Tear Up’ or Sleaford Mods ish title track they transcend the Madness obsession which is so obvious elsewhere. Probably a band existing purely for people like themselves who want to go to a pub and get pissed and hear great band and have a good time, there are moments here that provide ammunition for a good old knees up such as the Pogues-like ‘LSD’ which has set my foot tapping at an extraordinary rate.
Feel good music for bad times.
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