Scotland finally seems to be catching up to the London and New York hipsters in terms of generating a handful of really good garage rock bands, defined by lo-fi production values, raucous performance, and a fascination with old music.
In musical terms this means beginning to play catchup with Manchester and the South Coast of England, and Deathcats are the latest in a slowly but steadily increasing line of bands which suggest that this particular style is starting to make a broader impact in Scotland, finally broadening a little beyond the recent voyages of Paws and Dolfinz to Southern lands.
Initially, this lot appear more influenced by CBGB than the rough and ready indie of the early nineties.¬† Danny Dyer is a fine tune, but one more suggestive of defiant, confrontational New York than the introspective, inward-facing determination of the likes of Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement.
The two songs which follow are a little less overt in their provenance, and I have to confess that I am not entirely convinced by I Know I Say I Love Being Single (But I Cry Myself To Sleep When I Think About You), but I Wish it was Summer is an exuberant and pleasingly simple pop song which recalls some of the stuff my cousins used to play to me when I was a child and they were teens, into bands like Madness, Adam and the Ants, The Dead Kennedys, John Cooper Clark, the Clash, The Piranhas and the Specials.¬† It has a sort of non-specific late 70s/early 80s British alternative pop chart appeal, and with a little spit and polish could make this lot a mint if an advertiser got a hold of it.
It’s never wise, as I say time and time again, to draw too many conclusions from such a small handful of songs, but on the face of it, with a couple of minor reservations, this lot seem really promising.