The Californian succeeds, once again, in exposing the ugliness of mankind. It’ll get under your skin
The Bravery : Blank Canvas, Monday May 23
Watch out Brandon: your favourite sparring partners know how to put on one hell of a rock’n’roll show
Besides, it’s not as if they’ve sold out their roots. Electro-fy ska music, add ‘Blue Monday’, a bucket of amphetamines, decent hair and the bassline from Blur’s ‘Girls And Boys’ and you’ve got ‘Public Service Announcement’. Mix in some Kraftwerk squelchings and a touch of schizophrenia and you have ‘Tyrant’. Then, ‘An Honest Mistake’! ‘Unconditional’! And they’re hardly the Ghost-Faced Killers either – ‘The Ring Song’ is more Hot Hot Heat while ‘How To Fly’ is a crack-mangled Duran Duran mugging ‘Spirit In The Sky’ for spare change. No copycat ‘Brightside’s these; this is an electro evolution.
You still won’t trust them though. They look too good, sound too now, rock too beautifully. You want your pop stars to look like Puggo from The Music, dress like the drummer from Coldplay and sound like The Australian Razorlight forever, don’t you? Don’t you?
A deeply weird and very funny animation from the twisted minds of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Jonah Hill
A hilarious and horrifying true story about the world of competitive tickling, to watch with your mouth agape
Eight tracks of harrowingly stripped- back and intense dance music that’ll have you stomping your feet in no time
An hour-long, largely ambient electronic album by the drummer from Alt-J. It’s decent!