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Switches: Lay Down The Law
Southend continues its cultural sea change
This has left him with a rare and admirable case of Eclecticbanditis. Switches’ first release, the ‘Message From Yuz’ EP, took in glam stomping, Supergrassic falsetto rock, Strokesy neo-wave and, um, a song that sounded like Nilsson’s ‘Without You’ being trampled beneath a stampede of android-Fonzes. And now, on ‘Lay Down The Law’, we find them synthing-up Blur’s ‘Girls & Boys’ for the post-Franz generation, led by Matt sounding (in the verses) as sultry as Kapranos in a Swedish sauna and (in the chorus) like Adam Ant going psycho in the ‘Prince Charming’ video. As much fun as burying your sleeping granny in the sand; as much cheesy satisfaction as hearing a one-armed bandit thunk out a 10-quid jackpot in 2ps.
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