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Uppers And Downers
This is a debut fuelled by booze, sharp quiffs and sleazy rock...
Think again, because with a four-album Sub Pop deal to celebrate, sobriety is the last thing on their minds. This is a debut fuelled by booze, sharp quiffs and sleazy rock of both the '50s grease monkey and '70s glam-punk varieties. It also proves, on the gravelly pop of 'Time Of Your Life' and the Elvis-gone-punk of 'Keepin' On Keepin' On', that - as Danny is the brother of 3 Colours Red's Chris - the McCormacks share more than a surname.
It might not be the greatest of arts, but at least they do it well. Most of the time, anyway. Inevitably, however, their belief in chugging bourbon as a fast route to becoming modern-day outlaws ensures they also frequently dip into the chicken-necked world of rockabilly and, bizarrely, somehow manage to translate that awfulness into songs like 'Head Over Heels' that, in their constant search for the good times, chug dangerously close to Status Quo territory.
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