I’m sure that when I last reviewed a single release from TOM MANSI & THE ICEBREAKERS there was something singularly individual about it that just jumped out the speakers and slapped me merrily around the face.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case this time around. Not with the ‘A-side’ at least. ‘Need Want’ is a good little ditty with a Country / Punk / Rock ‘n’ Roll feel to it. The combination of guitar, drums, stand-up bass and what sounds like a Hammond organ is augmented with sharp handclaps (handclaps are always good) in a song that fairly gallops along. Pleasant. Good. Infectious. All words that could be used to describe this song…. but it just lacks… I don’t know…… something!
The four members of TOM MANSI & THE ICEBREAKERS met many years ago while playing for a North London youth ‘big band’ and have played together in various Jazz, Boogie Woogie and Rock ‘n’ Roll bands ever since. And although they all now have extensive backgrounds working as session musicians, Tom in particular has played live in studio sessions etc. for acts as diverse as the likes of Sugababes and Goldcut. But it to their Rock ‘n’ Roll roots they return for the B-side.
Well, strictly more Rockabilly than Rock ‘n’ Roll.
‘Tight Sweater’ has the pace and rumble of an old Hank Mizell number, whilst adopting the (relatively) more recent guitar twang of the Stray Cats. Tom’s vocals are partly growled in the verse, but more melodic in the chorus, which is catchy as hell. If you ain’t tapping your feet along to this one, then they’ve probably been amputated while you slept, and replaced with castors!
(Released through Metric Acorn Ltd on 1st November 2010)
(7.5 / 10)