Thursday, 8 October 2009

Review - The Victorian English Gentlemen’s Club - Love On An Oil Rig

The Victorian English Gentlemen’s Club - Love On An Oil Rig

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8 out of 10

What do you think of when you think of a Victorian English Gentlemen’s Club? Now think about giving them all the absinthe and obscure (But acoustic) instruments you can lay your grubby little hands on and sending them out to sea for months at a time. Record the results. Then you have a horrible frightening mess.

The complete opposite of this is the fantastic second album from the Cardiff based kids. It’s a cacophony yes, but a fantastic and surprising one. They sound like a.P.A.t covering early Wire, or if Adam & the Ants had recorded Dirk wears White Socks in a forest instead of, well, wherever they recorded it.

I honestly don’t want to describe it too much more, I want you to listen to it and be as gleeful and constantly surprised as I was.

Never jumping over the line into Art Student Wankery (Yes that is a real word and term; I was one I should know) & clinging easily to the pop raft whilst big angry waves of avant guard splash over them and the amazing spectrum of noises they create this is one record that proves "Difficult Second Album Syndrome" doesn’t have to be difficult.

Listen: www.myspace.com/thevictorianenglishgentlemensclub

Tracklist:
1. Love On an Oil Rig
2. Parrot
3. Watching The Burglars
4. Bored In Belgium
5. Periscope Envy
6. Worker
7. Driver’s Companion
8. Women Versus Children
9. God Save Us From Being So Damn Primitive
10. Dog
11. The venereal Game
12. I Say What I See

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