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The Stabilisers
Wanna Do The Wild Plastic Brane Love Thing?
Wicked Cool Records
www.thestabilisers.com


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.

-Ewan Wadharmi

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