Two kings of the indie dancefloor unite for a warm, timeless take on 20th century pop and rock
Public Access T.V. - 'Never Enough' Review
The New York new wave reprobates’ debut delivers instant gratification via boisterous choruses and loveable melodies
It won’t take you long to fall for this album. ‘Never Enough’ is laser-focused on doing the simple things to perfection: guitar, bass and drums in service of verse-chorus-verse hooks that will rattle around your head for days with rakish, disreputable charm in spades. Whereas many of their contemporaries appear either ashamed or incapable of writing a killer chorus, each of PATV’s songs take, on average, about 40 seconds to reach their first one – and from the Cars-y after-hours sleaze of ‘Evil Twin’ to the boisterous swagger of ‘In Love And Alone’, it’s easy to imagine any of them being singles.
Eatherly might have quit school at 16 to pursue a life on the road with Be Your Own Pet, but his real education has clearly come from the great new wave songwriters of the 1970s – Ric Ocasek, Nick Lowe, Tom Petty etc – who are a much bigger influence on this band than, for example, The Strokes. On tracks like ‘In Our Blood’ and ‘Sudden Emotion’, PATV sound more endearingly awkward than devastatingly cool, and it’s that naive, unabashed enthusiasm – for melody, for romantic misadventure and for living in New York – that makes ‘Never Enough’ such a joy to listen to. “Metropolis is played out these days,” sings Eatherly at one point. “But I don’t wanna live in California / I’ll take New York any day.” The kids would surely concur.
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