New Zealand - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 6 - 04/22/97
Come Back Special / Pop Cigar
Garageland are a four piece band - guitars, bass and drums - who are
not afraid to use jangly guitar as well as distortion. The lyrics are
simple, but still clever and catchy, and delivered in a very relaxed
Come Back Special contains five songs, all of them gems. The EP
opens with a nice little 50's style TV music show intro, and then we
kick into Come Back. A nice upbeat song which contains the great
line, "Come back, all is forgiven, you don't know what you're missing"
and cool drumming and guitar, not unlike the Wedding Present. Next up
is Struck which is a lot slower, and musically reminiscent of early
Cure, with simple, dreamy melodies played on bass and guitar. Another
great lyric can found near the end, "Billy Joel is an a******" well the
second syllable rhymes with Joel anyway. What Will You Do? is more
medium-paced, and again has simple groovy melodies, that you will find
yourself nodding your head to.
Then it's on to the rocking Fay Ray, which will grab you and take you
on a great 3-minute ride. Lots of great changes and vocal hooks in
this one. Finally we close with Pop Cigar which got huge amounts of
play on student radio here. This little number has a cool discordent
riff, and nicely distorted vocals. And that's it. If you're anything
like me you'll wonder where that 17 minutes and 34 seconds went, and
you'll have to put the disc on again.
I whole-heartedly recommend this disc, the five songs are so good they
would carry another weak 5 ones to a make reasonable album. Instead
Garageland decided to make it a flawless EP/single. As such, it should
be offered at a reasonable price, so it's definitely worth a go. Quite
frankly, you gotta get some!
Copyright © 1997 Ants