Art Brut: “Bang Bang Rock & Roll”


Vocalist Eddie Argos can’t sing. His band, Art Brut, prove more tuneful, but none of this matters on “Bang Bang Rock & Roll,’ the London quintet’s fantastic debut album. Instead of singing, Argos simply raises his voice, rambling with the articulate, impulse-driven zeal of someone who planned to use cue cards but decided to wing it. Post-punk clang and retro garage melodies punctuate his semi-serious stories of childhood crushes (“I want school kids on buses singing your name!”), new romance (“I’ve seen her naked! TWICE!!”) and modern art (“Wow. There’s something amazing about that blue.”).

Bands like Franz Ferdinand, Pavement and the Mooney Suzuki trade in similar concoctions of rock and irony, but Art Brut peddle a more populist form of satire, where enthusiasm is valued and everyone is in on the joke.

Read the full review at The Japan Times Online.

Art Brut: "Bang Bang Rock & Roll" | The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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