Album review: Applicants - 'Escape From Kraken Castle' (Tigertrap)

Bratty fun that's much better than it should be

By all logic Applicants should be so deeply irritating they’d make sitting in a room with Johnny Borrell while listening to Johnny Borrell records and talking about Johnny Borrell sound like a pleasurable pursuit. They sing songs about Tesco, lace their ridiculous lyricisms and schizo pop-punk intermittently with things that sound like the [i]Pac-Man[/a] 'game over' music and a choir of angry trolls, and have tracks entitled ‘Since Porn Took Over the World’ and ‘Obey eBay’. It should be embarassing. We should hate it. But we can’t help but think that maybe, just maybe, they might just be total bona fide geniuses.

Lisa Wright

Click here to get your copy of Applicants' 'Escape From Kraken Castle' from the Rough Trade shop.
8 / 10

Share This

More Reviews

Fufanu - 'Few More Days To Go'

**PIC Blur-endorsed Icelandic duo move from techno to post-punk on an itchy claustrophobic debut


Ty Segall - 'Ty Rex'

The Californian garage king's T Rex covers album shows his melodic muscle


Black Mass - Film Review

Johnny Depp plays a monstrous Boston gangster in a disguise so unsettling you’ll struggle to recognise him


Foo Fighters - 'St Cecilia'

An EP dedicated to victims of the Paris attacks shows the Foos are on defiant form

Connect With Us
This Week's Magazine