Top Sounds - C

CAREFUL - Drunk Dial #7 {Drunk Dial} This is the new project of Dave Williams who was previously in CRUSADES and had a stint in the STEVE ADAMYK BAND. As always with these neat, usually intoxicated-while-recording 7”s, you get an original and a cover. The original, ‘Comeuppance’ is a surprisingly breezy, rocking semi-acoustic strum in the mould of LEMONHEADS or MOVING TARGETS. There’s some bright keyboard runs, solid drumming to keep the track pushing along and a vocal that’s soaring. Killer track - an album is needed! The cover is a take on ‘Ingrown’ by Sydney band, SMUDGE - and it’s something that could’ve fitted on ‘It’s A Shame About Ray’ without a problem. There’s some incendiary guitar work going on under the acoustics and a vocal that Dando would probably sell a tonsil for these days. A killer single that’s driven by Power Pop laced with laconic melodic Indie-Punk muscle. As said, we really need an album. (28.08.21)

CLANCY, ALISON - Mutant Gifts {Independent Project Records} Coming outta New York, ALISON CLANCY releases this three-track, exquisitely packed CDEP. It’s very mellow, coming on a bit like an ethereal KATE BUSH fused with LYDIA LUNCH at her most esoteric and serene. CLANCY herself plays guitar with multiple looped signatures and is joined by Brent Arnold on cello. Have to say, it’s a tad too... sedate for me. The lead track is repeated in a shorter, radio edit former while opener, ‘Dreamland Tokyo’ is an instrumental that you could almost imagine THURSTON MOORE doing for some kinda art film score. Lovely, over-sized CD packaging again from IPR that includes three photographic cards and letterpress sleeve. Beautiful. While this is the least impressive release I’ve heard from this label, it still held the interest. (11.06.22)

COME CLOSER - Pretty Garbage {Pirates Press} Debut album from TILTWHEEL/ DAN PADILLA main man, J. Wang. It’s a bit of a ‘name’ band already as it also includes TILTWHEEL’s Davey Quinn and ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT’s Chris Prescott. You get 11 tracks of utmost Power-Pop, Punk Rock cool taking their ques from J CHURCH, ‘Warehouse’-era HUSKER DU, TOYS THAT KILL and a less distorted DINOSAUR JR. Plenty of ringing, tonal guitar lines, laconic and melodic but slightly snotty vocals and more focused energy than a fucking Duracell battery factory! Plenty of highlights be it the acoustic lilt of ‘Arms Up’, the sublime vocal arrangement of ‘The Last Time’ and the freewheeling ‘Photograph’ that you can almost hear GRANT HART performing, while highlight could well be the urgent and soaring ‘Never Say Goodnight’. Not even mentioned the stellar guitar jams of closer ‘Rings’. A hugely enjoyable record, not a single duff track, superb production... I think this will most definitely be the soundtrack to Summer BBQs at the House Of Scanner. Fantastic stuff. (19.11.22)
CRAZY ARM - Dark Hands, Thunderbolts {Xtra Mile} Oh - this is good! The band’s outta Devon, England and this is their fourth album, although first in seven years! Opener ‘Montenegro’ blasts like HOT WATER MUSIC but with a distinctive vocal that makes the sound rather unique and original. Next up, ‘Blessed And Cursed’ starts acoustic, has some added brass and then ignites into a bombast of solid, tough Rock. From there, you get another 12 tracks that fuse incisive, intelligent Post-Hardcore, Punk, Americana Rock and solid Roots Rock. Best bits include ‘Fear Up’ that moves with an intensity that could be AGAINST ME! having a bare knuckle fist fight with FUGAZI, the bass-driven ‘Loose Lips’, the fury and message of ‘Trail Of Meds’ and closer ‘Health Is In You!’. This is quite visionary as you have that roots, folk-Punk feel - but not in the cheesy REAL MCKENZIES way - this is way more in line with Americana. Great use of brass and fiddle - and coupled with piledriving Post-Hardcore, it’s a genuine thrill. (04.10.22)
Hit HERE for material reviewed prior to 2021 including:
CANDY SNATCHERS, JOEY CAPE, CAS PRAWDE, CASTRO (2 reviews), CASUAL NAUSEA, CHAIN WHIP, CHANNEL 3, CHARACTER ACTOR, CHARGER, CHATHAM SINGERS, BILLY CHILDISH, CIVILISED SOCIETY?, CLEVELAND STEAMERS (2 reviews), CLOWN SOUNDS, CLOWNS, COCKTAILS, COKIE THE CLOWN, COLUMNA, CORNER BOYS, COUNTRY DARK, COURETTES, COVENTRY AUTOMATICS, CRAVATS, CRIMINAL KIDS, CRIPPENS, CROCODILE GOD, CRO-MAGS and CTMF