"Southside Suicide" was a favourite album of mine from last year by Dr Chan and still is this year. Having seen them perform live with a real presence I had wondered to myself what might happen if they upped the pop ante even just a little?
Well with "Squier" out now it looks like we can all judge for ourselves. Isn't the reason people still listen to old garage and psych because it's...like...'popular'? The first band that comes to mind is Arctic Monkeys, although this is still far less produced than anything by them.
I am sure this AM/FM makeover will put some people off but I would say persevere 'cause the devil may care attitude is still here. It's more rocky I guess and certainly more hooky but still tight yet loose and still all about the youth. Getting mashed up and not a lot else, "Wicked and Wasted" being a prime example of this, careering from one tempo change to another with ease.
To be fair most if not all these tracks could be singles and I think that's the idea and not a bad one at that. They go in hit hard and get out inside three, that's the deal. I mean if the title track doesn't make you want to smash things up then I feel a bit sorry for you.
"Growing Up" slows things down a bit and grabs the slacker crown in the process. I mean they hide it (the care and attention) pretty well but a track like this and the hyped up "Retarded" tell a different story, to these ears at least but anyway, "I'm retarded".
They also mix up slower stompers like "The Sinner" with punk thrashers like "Girls" to good effect and even manage to hint at a more 'emotional' direction on the final track "Talk Shit (Glue)". I love it, all of it.