Tuesday, September 11, 2007

LP1 - Plastiscines

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Looking for something to tide me over until the new Donna's album, I found myself grabbing this, the debut album from Plastiscines, a quartet of French nubile's (all under 20, or so I believe) who specialise in catchy pop/punk tunes.

Subtle it isn't; half in French, half in broken-English it could be summed by saying it's three chords on distorted guitars, drums and bass thudding away and never outstaying its welcome. All the songs are less than three minutes (some not reaching two) and the entire album is over in less than half an hour.

If it's all sounding a bit daft then don't worry; it's actually really rather good.

It's packed with memorable and catchy tunes and half the fun is ticking off the list of influences (Blondie, The Kinks, The Ramones, Patti Smith, The B52's to name but a few) that the band's own press release homes in on.

It also has a sense of mischief and humour that is missing from a lot of records like this, and a Gaelic charm all of it's own. If you can resist the likes of Pop In Pop Out, (Zazie fait de la) Bicyclette and Loser I'd suggest finding yourself a little joie de vivre.

I can't think of a more enjoyable way of passing 28 minutes of your day.


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