Shotgun, Bastard and Dribble

Monday, October 30, 2006

Singles Released 30th October

Peak of the Week: Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control

It was great to see them blast their way through this song on Jonathan Ross's show. There's always hope that their soul-punk noise will get as big as it deserves to be.

The Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control via Kill Rock Stars


The Sohodolls - No Regrets


There are two types of indie bands:

1) Those that turn up wearing whatever happened to be hanging off their withered limbs when they woke up.

2) Those that are far too busy gaffer-tapping their boobs and applying eye-liner to do anything as mundane as writing a decent tune.

The Sohodolls fit firmly into the second category. I'm not complaining - the world needs bands like this to brighten it up a bit.

Sohodolls - Pleasures of Soho via their website


Vincent Vincent & The Villains


VV and the Vs take their cue from massively successful yet tragically unhip acts like The Housemartins and Madness. According to Mr Vincent himself, "I want to be a songwriter who offers up something new." On that score, their debut single is a failure on a scale not seen since MC Hammer's attempt to become a gangsta rapper. It is, however, a catchy little ditty that could become big if it gets some wind in it's sails.

VV seems to have a Bono sized ability for 'self-aggrandising tit'-ery, "I can find salvation through a song." God help us.


Sucioperro - The Drop

Latest additions to the 'just because I play a big, loud guitar and make devil-horn hand signs doesn't mean I don't cry and hug my teddy sometimes' brigade. They are often compared to friends and compatriots Biffy Clyro. To me, they sound more like, Busted side-project, Fightstar.

Sucioperro - The Final Confessions Of Mabel Stark via their website


Peter, Bjorn and John - Let's Call It Off

I don't understand why Peter, Bjorn and John get so much adoration from the bloggers. There are much better twee-pop Scandanavians. Billie the Vision and the Dancers for one.


CSS - Alala
The world's greatest band named after a stylesheet language. Alala doesn't make me want to dance like a robot quite as enthusiastically as Let's Make Love And Listen To Death From Above, nevertheless, good stuff.

CSS - Let's Make Love via MySpace


Bodyrox ft. Luciana - Yeah, Yeah

The reason this dull piece of dance drivel caught my attention is that ' Luciana' is Luciana Caporaso off of of, MTV spawned glam rockers, Portobella. After their genius debut Covered In Punk was ignored, Caporaso took the advice of record execs and jetisoned the rest of the band.

Unfortunately, Caporaso's CV doesn't fill me with confidence. As well as writing songs for Alex Parks, she was one half of Donna Air's disastrous post-Byker Grove band Crush.

Portobella - Say What You Wanna Say via Eye Industries