Yesterday I went to the Boileroom – they had a little record and ‘zine fair on. Glad I did, picked up a couple of records and chatted to a few people. I’ll try to remember to post a reminder when the next one comes along.
The last stall I got to was tucked away in the corner near the entrance. In typical Wildeye fashion – kinda cocky, far too opinionated, probably patronising, don’t give a fuck, which is good in some ways, not so good in others – I asked the girl behind the table what it was all about. She said something about a her fanzine (Ladyfuzz – great name), how its not too political (I think that’s what she said), how she’s in a band called Kamikaze Girls, and how Petrol Girls are one of the best bands in the UK at the minute. I responded (probably) by talking shit and (definitely) opening up a cut on my finger and bleeding all over my shopping list and her pen. I did buy her fanzine though (issues one and two, available here – http://ladyfuzz.uk/).
So I get home, get googling, get listening. There’s plenty more to say, but for now I’ll keep it simple.
“Tonic Youth” is an absolutely superb song by Kamikaze Girls.
I love punk and a variety of noisy alternative music. But I fucking love pop too.
There are two bands I’m reminded of. One is Nirvana. They rocked and they were a pop band. The other is the Boo Radley’s – specifically Icabod and I yet again (Swords of Thought reminded me of them a couple of weeks back). Icabod and I was the sound of the brilliant pop band they would become making a fucking racket. Superb.
Kamikaze Girls don’t sound like either, but they are noisy, they rock, and they’re a pop band, albeit with a much more modern sound than the two old bands I mention.
I really hope that they have a load more songs of this quality. If the rest are half as good they’re still a damn fine band. I would have listened to more but I stuck “Tonic Youth” on repeat.
And another thing. Is there anything worse than pop-rock? Rock that has been watered down for a pop market? How about rock-pop – music that rocks in a totally non-watered down way, but is still pop? Is there anything better? Or is that just punk-pop? Or is it pop-punk? I forget.
Oh Yeah. Black Heart in Camden, February 13th with Petrol Girls – go see them.