• fashionism Smash Singles (LP, £14.25)

    label: Drunken Sailor

    "Subculture is dead. The kids, they donít care any more about your niche interests. Punk, glam, bubblegum, mod, soul, rockíníroll, itís all the same. The battle lines are down and everythingís up for grabs. Didnít you hear? Pop ate itself. Luckily Vancouverís Fashionism know all about that. They may sing mournfully of a time when ďnobody used words like vintage or retroĒ, but despite all this 'end of an era' stuff theyíre also smart enough to know that the only time that ever matters is here and now. So yeah, this is a finger food buffet of all your old favourites (the Rezillos, The Boys, the bits of The Jam that donít make you think of how Weller turned out and do a little sick in your mouth) but they only deal in their own prime cuts, as this timely singles collection demonstrates. Stop, Drop, Rock ĎNí Roll is a lost new wave/powerpop classic, like the getaway music The Jags would make after drunkenly trying to ramraid a bank but hitting a library by mistake. One Shot feels like the hit of adrenaline that only kicks in when you hear a truly perfect chord change or feel the cord snap during a bungee jump. Then thereís Smash The State (With Your Face), a self-explanatorily titled slice of paradise that deploys some serious boogie. Theyíre all winners. Should you expect any less from members of Vancouver heroes like The Tranzmitors and The Jolts (among others)? Probably not. So fuck your expectations, fuck your subculture, fuck your niche. This is music to drink meths to at the top of a rollercoaster, and itís the soundtrack to the summer we all deserve. Like it even matters that itís spring." Will Fitzpatrick. Tracklisting 1. Smash The State, 2. Quit Looking At The Time , 3. Subculture Suicide , 4. Weekend , 5. Where Have All The Rock N Roll Girls Gone , 6. Back In The Day , 7. Stop, Drop, Rock n Roll , 8. One Shot , 9. We've Got It Wrong , 10. Baby She's Gone , 11. Nun Of That , 12. Breakin' Out


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