There's been a lot of type-talk going on in douche-land ( I should know, I live there), Re: Tom Hawking's review of the new Eddy Current Suppression Ring Album, Rush To Relax. Woah, long opening sentence. Lucky Norman Mailer's dead or else I'd be fugged...
I love a good debate about music, especially when a review gets people's backs up. Hawking's review does a good job. I agree with him for the most part, except his lamentation that ECSR don't push themselves to do something different/risky. This whole thing of the band 'limiting themselves' is garbage. ECSR play dumb rock n roll, it's not high Art. When you over intellectualise dumb things, they lose their original joy and just become collateral in the great art debate. If ECSR don't want to go in a dub-step direction, that's fine with me. If they do, I'd be keen to hear it.
What's wrong with bands that rest on their laurels and make the same record twice? How many versions of Ned Kelly did Sidney Nolan paint again?
Hawking also took a swipe at Brendan Huntley's 'self-consciously ingenuous lyrics' suggesting they are the album's weakest moments. Really? Huntley's lyrical sincerity and style are one of ECSR's more appealing factors. His simple couplets are fine with me Tom; he's not Keats you know. The list below are almost all the couplets Huntley utters on Rush To Relax. I'm not sure why they're there. I'm sticking up for him I suppose.
- Interview With Glenn
- Negative Guest List
- Rush To Relax
- Teenage Kicks
- Oh My God, Shut Up, Are You Serious?!
- Don't Spook The Horse
- Stupid Legs Kills Hunam
- Coburg = Trash
- Procedures For Parenthood
- Give Me Back My Name
- Soft Bomb: A Background Affair
- Zoo Music Girl
- This afternoon I found myself half way between the...
- The UV Race. Malaria / MASH / Good Money ...
- Gil Scott-Heron. I'm New Here
- Sonny and the Sunsets. Strange Love / Death Cream ...
- Two Of The Best
- Lane-way AK
- ▼ February (19)