I bought my first house in the late 90’s. It was opposite the sort of invite only / locals pub that still frequents the back streets of London and was as far removed as possible the craft beer / saffron infused mashed potato gastro pub that London reeks of these days.
Every Sunday night was Karaoke night as was the rule in those days. There were late 40’s triplets who were regulars. No one actually knew what they did. They all seemed to have plenty of money but no actual job. It was best not to ask too many questions, especially as one of them was the size of a small town and had plainly got the lions share of the split egg.
However, the most remarkable thing about these three was Kenny who was the runt of the litter. 5 foot 3″ and 7 stone when dripping wet, this fella could sing like a lark if inebriated enough to take the Karaoke Microphone.
The vocals on Mighty Mighty tracks and this Where Would I Be (see video below) track in particular (from their first album of new material Misheard Love Songs which is out soon), reminds me of that ‘feel’. All elongated Brummie vowels, rounded intonations, slightly smooth crooning and the sort of beautiful imperfections that made them the 80’s best known secret among the indie kids.
Thankfully everything else has also stood the test of the time in the last three decades Still present are the sort of jangled riffs which are to exuberant to be considered genuine indie-pop but also too luscious to truly be considered anything else. Perhaps settling on post-Postcard jangle is the most appropriate description.
Whatever the description this new music re-union after several recent retrospectives out of Firestation, Vinyl Japan and Cherry Red is the most exciting news I have heard from a jangle perspective this year…Cannot wait for the album !!!