Album Of The Week - One Eyed Wayne - Saucy Postcards Super Creeps
We turn a different corner this week and return to something with a little bit more attitude for London-based One Eyed Wayne's second album, Saucy Postcards Super Creeps.
Opener Piece Of This Romance tells a Ian Dury-esque love story, with its lyrics talking about a metropolitan couple, one of whom who uses a computer to go and meet new people "the modern way", as opposed to meeting people in pubs and clubs, before the age of instant-gratification dating apps.
Spanish Lounge is quintessentially British in nature, discussing the mundane aspects of British life, with its grey weather and meaningless drives around, whilst the speaker ponders various random things to do whilst he's out and about, such as owning a bar or drinking and driving, maiming passers-by. The Body's Gone echoes elements of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates with so much going on the background; its opening is a reminder of the rhythmic sixties beat music you'd hear in clubs all round the country. Along with this, Thousand Dreams is punchy and quick, harking back to the early days of The Jam in the late seventies and that sort of middle-ground punk that was prevalent at the time.
Man From Uncool is a personal favourite, with its spoken word vocal tying in nicely with the lighter backing when compared to the rest of the LP. It's more alternative in sound, reminiscent of perhaps The La's and acts as a nice contrast to some of the heavier tracks, giving the entire collection a more well-rounded sound. Old Man's Balloons is a little more sinister and cold, sounding like a metropolitan folk song with its downbeat vocal and piano backing. It utilises music hall waltz timings, although the waltz done to this wouldn't be typically majestic; in-keeping with society, it would be one done with a disgruntled and disappointed feel, perhaps playing satirically with the feelings of the bank of voters in Britain at the moment.
Overall, Saucy Postcards Super Creeps features a wide-range of rock tastes, from the beat of the sixties to the heavier punk of the seventies and beyond. For something a little different and very new, it's worth delving into.
More musical magnificence to come next week!