Ah, the pungent aroma of hype. At first a curious and difficult-to-place scent that wafts cautiously around your nose, it more often than not expands into something very stinky and unpleasant. The Bellrays have had lots and lots of hype. By default therefore, they should really be quite smelly by now - metaphorically, at least.
However this single is relatively odour-free. You certainly can't fault the Bellrays for enthusiasm as they rattle through 'They Glued Your Head On Upside Down' with cheery aplomb, and they're more convincing than a lot of overly-hyped bands of late. It's essentially punk with tinny garage-rock production, but the addition of raucous soul vocals to the garage-rock sound is an interesting touch. It must be said that their singer doesn't have as good a voice as has been implied by some, and they do unfortunately sound, in places, worryingly like Tina Turner fronting the Stooges; however overall they provide an interesting take on a scene that is otherwise getting rather stale.
6Gen Williams's Score