THE WRONG BOYFRIENDS: ‘Wrong Fucking Century Darling.’


The most gripping thing about ‘Wrong Fucking Century Darling,’ is that, despite a clear smattering of influences, it’s a supremely Scottish record. There is just something about it that screams dour weather, cheap lager and rare wit and although the telltale clue is the fact that vocalist Sean Murphy doesn’t even attempt to mask his accent, you suspect that the Scottish-ness of it would shine through regardless. 

Because, frankly, The Wrong Boyfriends sound most closely resembles that of Arab Strap falling down a flight of stairs. 

Lyrically, they retain the poetry, darkness and humour of Falkirk’s foremost defeatists Messrs Moffat and Middleton, while musically finding a frantic punky edge, giving each and every song it’s own atonal sense of anarchy. 

This is added to by the fact that the album was recorded in only two short sessions – meaning that each track had to be put down with the band playing live. Rather than this hindering it’s sound in any way, it gives ‘…Darling’ a grungey, not-to-be-messed-with feel and from it, you can’t help but think that The Wrong Boyfriends must be a force to be reckoned with live. 

There is a great deal of variety on display here too. One track, ‘Dreadnought,’ is a pure punk-rock – the guitars are heavily distorted, the drums pacey and Murphy spits out the lyrics as though he is up against the clock – while another, ‘Taking Turns On Sharon,’ is all tinkley-melody and meanders along like something from a primary school music class – albeit one about taught by a teacher who probably shouldn’t be anywhere near impressionable kids. 

Perhaps weirdly, and this could be the Scottish-ness of it influencing my thought process, the album it most reminds me of is “Hope Is Important” – the punky-as-f**k debut from Idlewild. 

It certainly has the same energy as that almost forgotten gem, but where Woomble’s boys had an overbearing sense of sincerity to them, The Wrong Boyfriends are clearly here to enjoy themselves. 

A strong debut.

(Released through Kovorox Sound and OUT NOW – July 2011)

(8/10) 

Kenneth John Porteous

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About Cee Tee Jackson

I run three blogs: 1) ceeteejackson.com (my author blog.) 2) leadingpetcare.com (my business / dog walking blog) 3) loudhorizon.wordpress.com (my music blog .. infrequent posts) Guess what? I'm a dog walking, wannabee author that loves music.
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