'Don’t Ask' - People Like You Records
Mont Blanc Rodney, Mont Blanc. The suits from Switzerland are back in quiffing good form, strutting their stuff and swaggering about in style with ‘Don’t Ask’. Bouncing about like cats on a hot tin roof, this is the kind of album that’ll have you subliminally jogging through whatever you happen to be doing ‘n’ getting it done in double time. Unlike The Meteors, The Peacocks are less psychobilly, more straight-up, full-on rockabilly, so there’s no messing about with reverb-heavy B-movie horror flick anthems. The Peacocks’ trademark is double-bassist Simon’s habit of pickin’ up his massive instrument (ooer missus) and playing it like a normal bass. Big hands!
‘What I Want’ throws us straight in the deep end, galloping into the frame like we’ve just landed in the middle of a game of Cowboys and Indians, but then the pace settles down to a groove-laden chug until fourth track in, ‘Don’t Pretend To Care When You Don’t Care’ and the gorgeously quirky ‘Re-hash Boogie’. The latter will have the quiffs and flattops pulling each other about in the moshpit, diving about to some awesome, thrumming bass runs. ‘The Long Way Home’ and ‘How Did They Do That’, though, compete for ruckability, guitarist and frontman Hasu laying out some wicked melodic groundwork, and these have to be the most memorable riffs this side of the…er…Swiss Alps.
Some bright ideas running through ‘Don’t Ask’, like ‘With You’ pinching the first line from ‘Sweet Dreams’, and – yet another highlight on an album full of highlights - ‘Nothing Left To Sing’. Ode to rockers everywhere who just wanna get on with playing music and sod the lyrics: ‘nothing left to say… nothing to talk about, nothing, I just scream and shout!’. Does what it says on the tin.
And the list goes on… ‘How Long?’, with its walloping, infectious heartbeat… ‘The Long Way Home’, cute lick and quirky hook. You want some fun to dive round your living-room to? Don’t ask, just get on with it!
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