Wednesday, August 6, 2014
REVIEW: The #1s - The #1s
You'll hear a bit of the Buzzcocks, The Undertones and The Exploding Hearts. But to my ears The #1s seem more devoted to melody than those bands. The result is songs that you are quite willing to play over and over as the hooks sink deeper into your brain. The first four tracks all hit hard and fast, including single "Heartsmash" (stream below), but the boys show the ability to deliver a convincing slow song with "Girl", in the number five spot. Then we are off to the races again with standout track "Sharon Shouldn't", and there is nothing close to a rest stop until the mid-tempo closer "Tell Me Why". You likely will find yourself energized, alert, perhaps with an elevated heartbeat. This is normal; you now have The #1s fever. Get a drink of water, wipe your brow, and press repeat. This one isn't leaving your player for a long time.
The #1s are Conor Lumsden (drums), Cian Nugent (bass), Eddie Kenrick (guitar) and Sean Goucher (guitar). While they also play in other bands, I've grown fond of this one so I hope it continues to be a priority.
The #1s is released by Deranged Records.