Kill Twee Pop!

Sarandon

Kill Twee Pop!

SLR 77 » released April 2008

10" vinyl
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1. Kill Twee Pop! 7. Very Flexible
2. Welcome 8. Good Working Practice
3. Lippy 9. Mike's Dollar  [mp3]
4. Remember Mavis? 10. The Discotheque Is My Lover
5. The Completist's Library 11. Mark
6. Joe's Record  [mp3] 12. Massive Haircut

Since their formation by Crayola in 2003, Sarandon have marked themselves as a potent group of post-punk tacticians on a mission to save indie from wetness, knee-jerk twee posturing and careless cardigan wearing. Taking their cues from the rough angularity beloved by bands on labels like Ron Johnson and Slampt, Sarandon are the proud parents of a string of five 7" EPs (and one compilation thereof) fairly bursting with short, sharp tunes, wiry riff-mad guitars, spastic drumming and terse-yet-clever lyrics. Trimming all musical and lyrical fat, Sarandon cram more ideas and passion into 1:30 than many bands do across a whole record.

Some points of comparison that spring to mind include Big Flame, The Minutemen, Boghsed, Fire Engines and The Fall, and though Sarandon share some musical DNA with those groups they've also forged their own path and unique sound. Crayola has a notable (and widely-noted) talent for somehow managing to marry naggingly catchy tunes to corruscating blasts of guitar mayhem, combining the punchy, driving tunes with surprisingly memorable melodies and smart lyrics. It's pop, but possibly the angriest and most aggressive pop you've heard.

As we enter 2008, Sarandon have settled on a line-up consisting of Crayola, Tom Greenhalgh on drums and ex-Big Flame/Great Leap Forward legend Alan Brown on bass. Kill Twee Pop! is the first fruit of this new line-up and a mighty record it is indeed. Alan and Tom are an incredibly tight and powerful rhythm section, providing Crayola with such a sure foundation that he's now letting the songs stretch out a bit, one tune even breaking the unheard of (for Sarandon) three minute barrier. Which is fitting as this is the first proper Sarandon album, and it shows them at their itchy, spiky, angular, aggressive, enthuiastic best.

From the chugging "Welcome" to the blues-by-way-of-The Birthday Party "The Completist's Library" to the insanely catchy "Mike's Dollar" and the croon-tastic "The Discotheque Is My Lover", this album is packed with great tunes, recalling the best of 80s post-punk and bringing it bang up-to-date with passion, humor and wit. Kill Twee Pop! is a call to arms for those tired of paint-by-the-numbers indie, a ration of passion in these cynical times, an antidote to your massive haircut, a soundtrack for your next dance party, an updated cubist pop manifesto.


What's been said about Sarandon

"Britain's finest scratchy, abrasive indie-pop trio (circa C86, and not the Bob Stanley/Alan McGee twee/jangly/crap side of that comp either): formed in late 2003, listen to Wolfhounds, Bogshed, June Brides, Josef K, Big Flame, Shrubs, A Witness... "and they sound like none of the above," boasts the press release. Ridiculous! They sound exactly like all the above, and that's why I fucking love them so." – Everett True, Plan B

"More songs than any individual band deserves, Sarandon seem to chuck 'em out for fun." – Maps

"These boys are up there with the best. Top brit indie perfection." – Norman Records

"Sarandon aren't interested in the crap that surrounds a good song, but the key ingredients behind it. That's why each one of these songs is an irresistible blast of jangling, clattering post-punk. No waiting around for the chorus here. Thee whole song is a chorus." – Sandman

"If you prefer your rock & roll with a high IQ - then Sarandon may just be the eclectic combo for you." – Trakmarx

"an undeniable low-key genius." – The Wire

"Sarandon make Arctic Monkeys and Bromheads Jacket and their like sound positively radio fodder." – Artrocker.

"Sarandon are awesome, like Big Flame fronted by Billy Childish." – Go Magazine

"Pretty much essential." – Unpopular

Notes:

The 10" is pressed on lovely blue vinyl.

see also » Sarandon's Age of Reason LP/CD

see also » Spike Milligan's Tape Recorder 7"

see also » Joe's Record 7"

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