Built around the vivid imagination and lyrics of Tom Greenhouse, The Cool Greenhouse releases its debut studio album. Produced by Phil Booth and with the benefit of a full band behind him, The Cool Greenhouse injects grand, pop-orientated visions into the framework of DIY indie, taking aim at British society and reactionary politics along the way.
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We've needed this. Since the passing of Mark E. Smith (and as a result the Fall), there's been a severe lacking of records featuring long repetitive grooves with fascinating, darkly hilarious lyrics splurged on top. The Cool Greenhouse exemplify what can be done with repeato-riffs, kraut-like drum patterns and an active imagination.
The fascinating thing about this debut album is that it's easy to forget that just a year ago they were releasing rinky-dink brilliance like the standalone single 'Landlords' which was pretty much just a man with a guitar, a bass and a drum machine. The Cool Greenhouse have swiftly expanded to a muscular rock band without diluting the essential quirkiness of their original vision.
What we have here are a series of simple compositions led by two note guitar figures which slowly build towards intensity with the production just the right blend of mid-fi with clever arrangement touches that brings each song to fruition. Leader Tom Greenhouse has rightly stated that in order to achieve success in producing long repeating experimental pieces it was essential he needed to concentrate on the lyrics, and his distinct and entertaining delivery is the main thing that retains interest throughout the album. It's a kind of darkly comical look at the murk that sits behind everyday life. On opener 'The Sticks' he tells us "the true oddballs are stationed in the market town and all you meet are ex-military personnel with dark browsing histories". Later on '4Chan' there's an intriguing and ultimately haunting look at the life of online trolls, "I’ve spammed some feminists with troll faces I’m cooling on pig’s blood, and I’m GeekBenching over seven thousand" but concludes with the repeated admission "I’m forever alone".
He doesn't always get it right, and sometimes seems short on ideas, particularly on 'Dirty Glasses' which would work better with audience participation but most of these kernels of utter joy are a refreshing and take on the sort of story songs where you can equally get lost down the lyrical rabbit holes or dance to at the indie disco. For fans of Prolapse, the Fall, Half Man Half Biscuit and Sleaford Mods.
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