Pip Blom are an indie band from Amsterdam. They are fronted by 20-year old Pip Blom. Boat is their debut album following a successful year of EPs and singles that have enjoyed airtime on BBC 6 Music. Their influences seem to come from bands such as The Breeders, which is no bad thing. It looks like Pip’s star is on the rise.
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Pip Blom is the greatest Pip since either my mum and dad's old dog Pip (one part Kevin Keegan, one part Father Jack Hackett) or...um...I don't know one of Gladys Knights pips. Anyway Pip Blom is both the name of the singer and of the band. That's like Paul Weller calling his band something like ...Paul Weller I suppose.
They play a breed of perky melodious punk pop that has on earlier listens impressed a me much. My hopes were therefore possibly overboard for their debut album and opener Daddy Issues is a kind of ok-i-suppose piece of Breeders fuzz pop with regulation sing-a-long chorus but lacking the angular strangeness that makes that band so special. I'm happier when they make things more plangent as on Say It which has some lovely summery guitars strumming away before you reach a big boisterous chorus. Now this is more like it. Nothing they do is anyway near original but they do it with aplomb, Tired uses some nicely Pixies guitars and is sort of going nowhere before being saved by a Veruca Salt style chorus.
I wonder why they keep using drum machines? They have a drummer. Some of these songs would sound much more vibrant with real drums crashing away. It helps stultify an album that really should come roaring out of the blocks. It reminds me of recent albums by Stella Donnelly and the Goon Sax in that there's good stuff here but it doesn't quite live up to earlier promise.
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