Sunday 15 July 2012

More Wobbly Lamps reviews

We've had a couple more great reviews for the Wobbly Lamps EP this week, thanks to the blogs for their generous words.

There are now only 100 left of the limited run of 250, they are selling quickly so if you want to get your hands on a copy be quick.

Mad Mackerel - Introducing… Wobbly Lamps

The debut record by Southend’s Wobbly Lamps is the first release on Polyvinyl Craftsmen Records (an independent DIY label set up by the team behind the Polyvinyl Craftsmen podcasts).

It contains three tracks of strutting garage rock that evokes the best of The Trashmen through to the surging sonics of the Stooges and the voodoo swagger of the Cramps. This is no pastiche though, these boys have enough going on of their own making to create an original blend of lo-fi rumble that is as trippy as it is threatening.

Try the pulsating sonics of Alice the Goon, it takes an intro that sounds like it has been dragged kicking and screaming from a sweaty Detroit basement club in the 60s, attaches it to a thrumming, hypnotic riff, and then slams a sleazy proto-punk chorus over the top for good measure. Absolutely marvellous.

Limited to just 250 copies of 7″ vinyl you can snap one up from Polyvinyl directly, Norman Records or Rough Trade. Be quick!

Listen With Monger - Wobbly Lamps Single Review

Wobbly Lamps – Neon Tee Pee/She Wants Me Dead (Polyvinyl Craftsmen Records)

It’s amazing what a trip to the kitchen can do for a record isn’t it. The first time I listened to this debut offering from Southend-on-Sea’s Wobbly Lamps I was indifferent so I went to pour myself a whisky and settled back in to my listening chair. After a couple of sips I pressed play again and suddenly the lo-fi, swampy, bluesy, garagey blusterings made much more sense. This is the music I grew up on but I’d forgotten all about. This is small town angst played out by men with bigger music collections than bank balances and more passion than ability. Now don’t get me wrong, these songs are well crafted and fall in to that ilk that houses the likes of the Jam, Doves and early Kaiser Chiefs. But there is something else here that makes it all the more appealing and that is a tendency to flirt with American blues rock which leaves you reaching for your Black Keys or White Stripes collections.

Lead track ‘Neon Tee Pee’ swaggers and staggers like a man that’s been up for three days on the mother of all benders but still knows which way ‘cool’ is even if he doesn’t know where home is. It’s a desperate, itchy, claustrophobic song that almost begs for mercy by the time it stumbles to a close but the circular riff will stay in your head long in to the night. Oddly, second track ‘She Wants Me Dead’ has a more Mancunian attitude to it with its swirling organs and distorted vocals but that’s no bad thing. There’s a defiant stomp to Wobbly Lamps that is hard to resist once it gets under your skin. Final track (and the lone B-side) ‘Alice The Goon 2’ is great for two reasons; 1) It is pure Mark E Smith and 2) It is named after one of my favourite cartoon characters, the indescribably ugly yet universally adored member of Popeye’s entourage that seemed to exist purely to make Olive Oil seem in some way attractive.

Like I said, its strange how a trip to the kitchen can change your mind about a band. To further the experiment, I tried going to the toilet after listening to Olly Murs but when I came back he was still shit. Go figure.

The single is limited to 250 7” pressings but is available at Rough Trade, Norman Records and by mail order from:

And maybe our favourite so far from the Czech Republic! Google translate's inadequacies only improve the review!

МЮZИKK - Wobbly Lamps EP (Polyvinyl Craftsmen Records)

Like Bodie, Doyle and Cowley, and Woobly Lamps give the British remember the seventies. However, while the boys got me out of CI5 through grainy black and white income and the Austrian television debut single Woobly Lamps pedaling as Bodie třílitr Ford Capri. Garážmistrem this from Southend-on-Sea arriving crew (Ricky Wicked, Paul Lagden, Lee Hall, Ashley Lyons, Del's Bells) is a podcast representative Polyvinyl Craftsmen ( Transmission 56 ) Paul Cooper, who premiered his own PVC brand devoted just a colleague Lagdenovi and post Wobbly-punk party LAMS. Do not hesitate. Record from Seamus Wong studio is based only on the 250 sedmipalcích!    

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