Thom Reviews The Rapscallions SUCK E.P.

By on Tuesday, 3rd February 2009 at 8:51 pm

The Rapscallions (cover)The term ‘gentleman punks’ should be used loosely, mostly because it evokes an image of David Cameron and the other twats that make up his front bench dancing along in the House of Commons to U2 or some other old sods. With The Rapscallions however the tag certainly sticks, they combine the style of a slightly battered Keith Moon with the (playful) angst of Joe Stummer. This blend of formal-punk makes them look like a deranged Bleak House character but somehow it works.

SUCK opens with ‘Great Swines Drink Alike,’ a pub-a-long anthem which may not be genius in musicianship or songwriting but is a light hearted opener. It sets the tone well for the rest of the EP as the boys playfully tackle heartbreak and other tribulations with their fresh adolescent take on their surroundings.

Second track ‘Comfort Zone’ is the closest to a conventional indie track as the rhythm goes frenzy in to post-punk revival craziness. The distorted vocals adds to the mental state of the record – randomness, drunk shenanigans and pissed up guitar jams – yet there is a certain brilliance to it all.

‘Revolting Bar Stewards’ takes us to a dusty bar in New Orleans (or Soho?) as the 12-bar-blues set in with the stressed vocals telling us the story of yet another drinking mishap. Again the record is fun and the distinctive bass line and crowd pleasing hook make the song catchy and one to stick in the brain. The creeping bass sounds directly derived from John Entwistle’s infamous ‘Boris The Spider.’ The ending recaptures a jazzy-indie feel with a quick switch in tempo and style.

The EP closes with the brilliant ‘Capital Punishment.’ It sounds like the kind you’d hear booming out the jukebox in a pub somewhere in Limehouse. It brings a brilliant sense of closure to an E.P. which you’d kill to hear at The Queen Vic, it might not be everybodies cup of tea (or brandy), but it certainly serves purpose in lifting the mood of pissed up bastards trying to find their way home at 2.30 AM knee-deep in snow.

Overall the EP is one of true novelty, the brilliantly exploited bass and the tempo set by the incredible drumming (provided by The Social’s Alfie Milner) prove a successful formula to make indie-pop with R rated tendencies.. I can’t gaurantee you’ll like it – they’re about as marmite as it gets – but they’re definitely worth a check..

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