Thursday, November 8, 2012

BAD POETRY BAND: "The One Way Romance"

Rating: RRR
Label: HR Records 2012
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Bad Poetry Band (BPB from now on) - are they Pop, Surfer Punk, or Hard Rock? Why not all of them? "The One Way Romance" sticks with the same successful? formula as their debut but the songs are stronger and catchier. The surf/pop/hardrock end of the spectrum is well catered for, with fuzzy seventies twin guitar work by Daniel Birath and Martin Gustavsson (also lead vocals), poppy sing-a-long choruses, and the abstruse substance of surfer punk.

The Swedes may actually sound like the neat and sorber hybrid band, but the vibe throughout the album is one of great energy and attention. It's the fun uptempo style of acts such as The Hellacopters and Sator with the more direct and simple approach to hooks and choruses 'ala U.S. of A's Weezer. This may not sound like an important point, but it is unusual like Cyndi Lauper to have the Swedish act playing around with these kind of arrangements nowadays, and much like Cyndi, BPB just want to have fun!?

"Make Up Made For Make Out", such a clever little tune with the great refrain that sticks like glue to the back of the mind. The hint of U.K.'s The Damned? Simply check out, "Half Hearted", for proof. But most of all, have a go at, "The One Way Romance", if you fancy the mixture of sweet melodies 'ala Weezer and guitars/tempo of The Hellacopters. Horrible stoner artcover (see pic right) but rather fun and catchy music...

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