This blog does what it wants, which is why it is gonna review a 3-track cassette that really should have been reviewed when it came out a year or two ago, or even when quick off the blocks Wild Eye first heard it (a few months ago).
First thing to say is that everything that I’ve ever heard by Kamikaze Girls is great. Tonic Youth (previously reviewed and linked) is ACE (I’ve just read Freaky Dancing by Bez, can you tell?) Online you should be able to track down their cover of Heroes by Bowie (great) and a track called Black Coffee (given the role this substance plays in my life every 4th song I hear should really be about black coffee, also great).
Anyway, the Kamikaze Girls cassette.
Wayfarer is a funny old song to my ears… on the one hand it is just a just very average number with an epic chorus that ain’t my thing but kinda works… on the other its got something. Perhaps it is simply what it is… the sound of a damn find band finding its feet, sound and song-writing ability.
Love & Other Subjects features some beautiful distortion straight off… immediately more interesting and challenging than Wayfarer… then it backs it up with a proper hook. Wayfarer hints that Kamikaze Girls can write a special song, Love & Other Subjects pretty much proves it (the aforementioned Tonic Youth proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt). “We fall in and out of love so easily, we fall in and out of love so desperately”. Great line. Courtney Barnett comes to mind as someone else who has a wonderful way with words, and when you’re getting compared to Courtney Barnett you’re doing something right. Very right.
Records & Coffee. Almost as good a title as Love & Other Subjects. Much slower. It’s kinda a Sarah number (note 1) in some ways that elects to do fuck all from start to finish. Luckily for the song I like a Sarah-type act, even one that elects to do fuck all from start to finish. I can’t justify liking this song, but I do. It just works. And the lyrics are intriguing… they talk of a fairly ordinary life, but in a way that leaves you wanting to know more of the story.
Note 1 – this could be an insult coming from most people but it really isn’t coming from me. I feel a bit of a Sarah post or two is due.