Being weird - it's the new Rock'N'Roll, don't you know....

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BEING WEIRD – IT’S THE NEW ROCK’N’ROLL, DON’T you know. In the wake of absolute blithering lunacy from the likes of [a]Badly Drawn Boy[/a] and – nib! – [a]Gomez[/a], here trundle mysterious fivesome [a]Fraff[/a]. And they’ve written a song called ‘You Won’t Believe It Till Somebody Smacks You In The Mouth’. Double nib!

Quite good it is, too, as is most of this pleasingly teasing seven-track affair. Occasionally sounding not unlike Edwyn Collins with a rather aggressive hangover, ‘It’s A Long Way…’ is a feisty concoction of idiosyncratic noises and cannily struck guitars, all delivered with deadpan efficiency.

Predictably, one of the weirdest things is how [a]Fraff[/a]’s songs aren’t that weird at all when you strip away all the layers: ‘California’ is a live-wire affair, a tremendously meaty two minutes, while ‘Protect Yourself’ goes off on some berserk funk tangent, chased straight out of the garage by a fierce organ and a very upset harmonica.

One other thing: [a]Fraff[/a] are actually one of the privileged few ‘left-field’ acts to sneak on to the miserable Xfm playlist. Now, that [I]is[/I] weird…