You might assume from the spelling of their moniker that these blokes
are Brits, and in this case you would be correct. What we can surmise
from the spelling of "Brane" is being debated by prominent
string theorists. This latest weapon in Wicked Cool's world takeover
campaign involves 60's garage ala The Kinks and The Who
fused with '77 punk, to wit, The Jam, Stiff Little Fingers,
Adicts - not a far stretch. The high-octane Cockney spewing
translates into irresistible Mod arse-shakers as suitable for frugging
in go-go boots as scooting about in your parka. (Not being a dialectician,
I can't honestly say for sure this is Cockney. But Jon Bott's
accent is as thick as the music that supports it.) The median age
of the members being perhaps 40, rest assured no members will be inclined
to break into their mate's flat and nick their equipment to purchase
blow for Kate Moss.
Remember Billy Childish and Thee Headcoats? Guitarist
Allan Crockford not only remembers them, he were one of them,
and bassist for influential mods The Prisoners. Mr. Bott blurts
out vigorous bass runs so deceptively simple that they beg to be sampled.
(Don't please. Make your own.) And apologies to engineer Jim Riley,
I know you worked hard producing and twiddling, but I had to crank
up that sweet sweet bass. Meanwhile, he sings bouncily and deliberately
about girls: "Belinda, " "Queen Of The Scene,"
unemployment:"Where The Wild Things Are," "Wanna"
and more girls: "She Wants It All The Time," "My Latest
Obsession." All subjects are handled with the irreverent punk
humor missing from most mod acts. Take another chick song, "She's
A Goth," which informs informidably, "She puts on so much
white foundation/ she has to get a planning permit
She even knows
how to spell Einsturzende Neubauten/ and I can't even say it."
"Born To Kiss Arse" is one of those exercises in breath
control delivered with accusatory spit and venom. Equally as pointed
is the repeatable "Problem Child" which takes a natural
ebb and flow, rushing where necessary for dynamic effect. That signature
bass plus weird keyboards and Francis Baithwaite's crisp drum
patter make "Do The Brane" the best new stupid dance since
The Fall's "Deadbeat Descendant." The Stabilisers
create a separate identity for every tune, and give it a fleshed-out
arrangement. More than satisfying, it's thrilling, energizing, inspiring.
It goes well with The Briefs. All I can add to Wanna Do
The Wild Plastic Brane Love Thing is yes. Yes I do.
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