Sunday, July 21, 2013
REVIEW: Bubblegum Lemonade - Have You Seen Faith 7"
Glasgow's Lawrence "Laz" McCluskey loves pop music and loves Rickenbacker guitars. In those ways (and some shared Scottish heritage) we are alike. However, a crucial difference is that our friend Laz is an ace songwriter. And he has proven it with his Strawberry Whiplash project (whose 2012 album made my year-end list), and every release for his solo work under the name Bubblegum Lemonade. Via Matinee Recordings, one of the preeminent purveyors of fine guitar pop, Laz is releasing the three-track 7" Have You Seen Faith.
The title track is a jangling discussion of missed opportunities. Sure, there is regret, but you aren't the narrator so you can just enjoy a wonderful song. The chorus "Have you seen her" followed by the descending guitar riff is one of those magical moments in pop music.
There are two B-sides. The first, "Cool Guitar Girl" is an upbeat follow-up to "Cool Guitar Boy" the 1991 song by Heavenly. The third song is about addiction to the popular angry birds game, presented with jaunty surf-pop accents.
And another great thing about Have You Seen Faith is that it is just the advance for Some Like It Pop, a Bubblegum Lemonade LP to be released this fall. My fall just got better and it still is summer! But note that the B-sides are not intended for the album, so this is your chance to grab them.
Have You Seen Faith is available as a limited vinyl release (plus mp3s) or as a digital download as of Tuesday, July 23.
Matinee Recordings link for record