Let’s Wrestle, Male Bonding, Blood Red Shoes, Ted Leo + The Pharmacists

I’m placing Let’s Wrestle in my self-made genre of Smarmy British Pop-Punk.  Along the lines of Art Brut, they bring a sarcastic sense of humor to their music, but Let’s Wrestle’s angle is more youthful and playful.  And though it’s lo-fi sounding punk with off-key vocals, a quick pace, and pedestrian lyrics about going to the ‘job centre’, the end results are well crafted songs you can’t get out of your head.  Best example is We Are The Men You Will Grow To Love

Male Bonding are a three-piece from the UK that blend the noise of No Age and the indie-rock of Surfer Blood perfectly.   Fast, punk, noise offset by some real catchy hooks.  Their new album Nothing Hurts is a great listen all the way through, with some songs leaning to the noisier punk side (Years Not Long) while others lean to the catchier side (Franklin) – both can be heard on their myspace page.  The song Weird Feelings hits both sides dead on.

Blood Red Shoes are a duo from Brighton, UK.  Laura-Mary Carter plays guitar, Steven Ansell drums, and they share vocal duties.  Don’t Ask, the lead single from their most recent release reminds me of Sons and Daughters (a band that has shown up on some past djeddieo and buzz biscuits comps).

The Onion’s AV Club has been hosting a weekly covers session where they’ve compiled a list of songs they want covered, and bands come in and pick from the remaining songs.  The first, and in my book the best so far, is Ted Leo and the Pharmacists covering Everybody Wants to Rule the World.  I don’t have the same nostalgia for this song that most people my age seem to, but this is one of the best suited covers I’ve heard in a while.

P.S.  Their new album, The Brutalist Bricks, is excellent.


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