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This Week's Singles Reviewed (24/10/11)
Rizzle Kicks, Tribes, The Kills
Rizzle Kicks - When I Was A Youngster
When Tribes sang “we were children in the mid-’90s” to snare a girl, you wondered quite how this could progress beyond “Yeah, I remember Otis The Aardvark too”. Unfortunately for Rizzle Kicks, not only is this ringtone-lite ska tale of youth deeply muddled, it also reminds us of that ’90s abomination of a boyband 5ive – as appealing a nostalgia trip as that time you pissed yourself in games.
Tribes - When My Day Comes
“I wanna live by my rules/Do what I want without answering to you”. Yeah mum, don’t tell me what to do! In fact it’s hard to know whether Tribes’ brand new single – think The Killers joining forces with the Smashing Pumpkins – is about Johnny Lloyd’s ma or his missus. Which makes the line, “You took your dress off and looked at me/You can’t love what you can’t see” pretty creepy, or ripped wholesale from the forthcoming American Pie: The Oedipal Years.
Korallreven - As Young As Yesterday
Here’s one we made earlier. Get a girl to coo “So, so, so, so young” into one Dictaphone, mumble some nonsense about being “as young as yesterday” into another, then drop both in a lagoon and record the results. Or just drown Chad Valley. (Just kidding, Hugo from Chad Valley.)
The Kills - Baby Says
Finally, a bit of carnality to sink your teeth into with the sexiest song Alison and Jamie have made in years. This is all leathery slither and dark rumble. The line “Make your blood hum and tremble like pinball lights” is almost definitely code for “I’m gonna shag you so hard it makes your inner circuits fizz”.
Monarchy - You Don’t Want To Dance With Me
Considering that Monarchy sent journos to dick about in a Florida space centre to promote what was set to be the most stratospheric dance album of ALL TIME, this single’s a total misfire: “The pounding of my heart can’t be disguised/I feel electrical resistance/Oh, how I want your touch”, singer Milke whines limply. Not only do Monarchy need a talking to from Alison Mosshart, if you’re a young band, then they’re the reason you’ll never get a decent advance.
Kitty, Daisy and Lewis - Don’t Make A Fool Of Me
It’s unfortunate for ’50s-obsessed siblings Kitty, Daisy and Lewis that the opening chords of this song sounds like South Park’s Chef’s Christmas classic, ‘Chocolate Salty Balls’, taking us neatly back to 1998. While their shtick was cute to start with, three albums in there’s no excusing this piss-poor, cliché-addled pastiche any more.
This article originally appeared in the October 22nd issue of NME
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