There’s not a great deal you say with any great confidence about a band on the basis of one three-minute track. So first impressions are key, right?
So what’s with the naff CD cover for this single? I honestly placed ‘Remission’ into the player in virtual resignation of hearing an equally naff indie guitar band. But fortunately I was looking for any excuse not to mow the lawn earlier today, and decided not to formulate an opinion on the strength of cover-art and one play of the song.
Fortunate too that I’m a crusty old punk, with a penchant for the old-school stuff.
And that’s what I was reminded of on ‘Remission.’ The track hinges on good old-fashioned Seventies punk riffs with solid drumming and a bouncing bass line. At various points there are shades of The Buzzcocks, at others – The Sex Pistols, even. The vocals have an ever so slight leering snarl about them and yet the song retains a light, airy, and even fun feel to it.
If you can remember the formula used by Graham Coxon about seven years ago on ‘Freakin’ Out’ then that will give a little indication of where this track is coming from, and hopefully headed to, as the ex-Blur man’s effort received plenty airplay and even dented the charts if I remember correctly.
TOP BUZZER have an obvious pedigree, having toured throughout Europe (including Russia in support of Primal Scream) and last year tied in an appearance at the SXSW Festival with a tour that saw them traverse The States from Los Angeles to New York.
Yeah – I’m up for hearing more!
(Released through Back2Forward Records on 13th June 2011)
(8.5 / 10)