NME.COM

The Twang - 'Neontwang'

The Birmingham band make an unnecessary return

Press
  • Release Date 10 Mar, 2014
  • Record Label Jump The Cut
  • The Twang - 'Neontwang'
3 / 10
In 1998, filmmaker Gus Van Sant’s near shot-for-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ was panned for being wholly unnecessary. The world didn’t need a remake of ‘Psycho’. Likewise, the world has somehow managed to keep spinning on its axis without The Twang since 2012’s ’10:20’. Why, then, do we now have ‘NEONTWANG’, trundling about aimlessly like a doddery tortoise who can’t remember if it even wants another bit of lettuce but is ambling on regardless? The spritely chugging of ‘City Lights’ recalls an uninspired Supergrass, while the bluster-heavy ‘Happy Families’ bravely tackles the desperate ills of prostitution with the thought-provoking observation: “She’s on the game/Such a shame”. And while ‘Happy Families’’ snappy sludge hints at a slight reprieve, the jingle-jangle whimsy of ‘Larry Lizard’ is a tired reminder that there’s only one crime worse than being outright bad – and that’s being as mind-numbingly banal as this.

Ben Hewitt

Share This

More Reviews

Viola Beach - 'Viola Beach' Review

Viola Beach’s name will always be synonymous with tragedy, but at least now we have a document of who this band were

Album

'Finding Dory' - Film Review

It’s essentially just a slick remix of Finding Nemo, but Finding Dory’s emotional moments will definitely hook you in

Movie

'Born To Be Blue' - Film Review

Ethan Hawke toots the horn for Chet Baker in this not-quite-a-biopic that takes jazzy liberties with the truth

Movie

Blossoms - 'Blossoms' Review

A heroic blend of radio-friendly guitar pop and bristling disco from the Stockport five-piece named after a pub

Album
Tickets
Connect With Us
This Week's Magazine