The Rascals

I’ll Give You Sympathy

In a world bereft of Shadow Puppetry, The Rascals would be allowed to grow of their own accord. Instead, narky critics write them off as The Other Band while their fans – who are vocal – defend them to the hilt. But if they don’t want to be dismissed as a 5/10 band, why do they write songs like this pootling reconstitution of old Merseybeat offcuts; songs that are so rampantly average there’ll soon come a time when even the most fervent supporter gives up?

Ben Patashnik