Snarling boy-girl vocals and ever-so-slightly camp punk-horror backing music make for an intriguing mix on this double A-side offering from London quartet The Barbs. ‘The Importance Of Being Evil’, thematically, is comparable to epic miserablists Murder By Death, but its musical kin is, without a doubt, the likes of Zombina And The Skeletones and The Misfits *at their most mischievous. Or maybe even *Busted, if their snotty older sister took over on vocals. ‘Alien Abducted’ meanwhile is as silly as its title suggests – all Mulder and Scully nonsense that’ll have those with little pop-punk patience reaching for the off switch. But, whilst longevity and critical acclaim clearly aren’t on The Barbs’ agenda, they really are fun whilst they last. Unfortunately, that’ll be about as long as a rubber dingy on a bed of nails.
5Mike Diver's Score