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it is indeed
I'm looking forward to hearing him do some Bowie on Friday :D
Well, I've heard of it. But I've never actually seen it.
Are you coming on Friday btw Cods?
PAUL'S ALBUM LAUNCH.
Sort of an alternative NME so kind of skinny jeans central basically.
Fuck knows what they're reviewing me for but I'm certainly glad of it...
I don't think it suits me.
I just feel when I start getting mentioned in trendy magazines the concept of what's trendy has gone awry somewhat...
I probably don't go anywhere trendy enough.
Is the album any good?! ;)
The album's hopefully good if you like the kind of thing we do but probably less so if you don't.
The review reads like this:
"Paul Hawkins sounds like no one. He’s the sound scurrying, of blood sucking and rooting through rubbish looking for Victoria Crosses to go pawn. The album opens with ‘Unexpected Terror’ and starts literally as if someone had turned Mark Ronson into Frankenstein and gotten him behind a desk, Hawkins gladly ranting in lazy melody and impassioned, eye bulging, mania.
It’s great to hear a singer who you could well believe is slightly unhinged, the Eighties Matchbox Beeline Disaster had that sense of panic, pure submission to noise trying to push it to its zenith, though it’s rusty guitars and country bass lines instead of leather and sunglasses.
‘The Battle Is Over’ is probably the finest moment of this album, featuring Diana De Cabarrus it could be the love song of some Tim Burton stop-animation film, the two grotesquely deformed lovers passionately slipping worms and threads into each others mouths, as backing vocals add to an ascension. It’s a cross between a Residents sprawling narrative and Tom Petty’s (amazing) ‘Last Dance With Mary Jane’ - video included.
Obviously, such chaos is going to piss a bunch of people off; and at the same time many will love it, as he scats stream of consciousness style over coffin-country waltzes and no-fi punk tunes, witticisms drenching the music, you’ve got to give credit to someone doing something truly on their own and making the rules up as they go along. "
I'll have a listen on myspaz
other than that you must be happy, it's a good review.
My natural reaction is to be fairly offhand and casual just 'cos it feels pretty weird and I'm trying not to build stuff up in my head too much.
But, yeah, it's a really good review and it's obviously great for us that they seemed to like it...
Now, where's the official DiS review??
but not quite so positively
I was suprised at that, but I guess one journalist isn't necessarily the view of an entire publication...
but doesn't exactly read like an impartial view.
I mean Bearded have been massively supportive of us for a few months and come to a few shows so I do have a bit more of a relationship with them than I do any other magazine but they didn't know anyone connected with the band or the label before they started writing good reviews of us.
I mean I've met Gareth who edits Bearded a few times and have got on well with him on those occasions but the only reason I've ever met him at all is 'cos he's come to gigs 'cos he likes the band. So it may well come across that he's more enthusiastic than a reviewer who'd never met/seen/heard of us before would be but for no other reasons than 'cos he is really enthusiastic about the band.
a pretty honest review and not entirely uncritical either
it's all well and good.