Record Review, Hoarsebox, Cuckooland EP

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Posted on 20th Mar 09 by | comments 0

Artist: HoarseboxAuthor: Paul Groome Sometimes" I find it hard to be completely convinced by cheerful" bouncy sounding music. When some bands try to write peppy" sprightly songs" a feeling of awkward bashfulness sometimes follows" thus forcing them to have to include a testosterone"laden guitar solo to validate their heart felt commitment to their craft. If […]

Artist: Hoarsebox
Author: Paul Groome

Sometimes" I find it hard to be completely convinced by cheerful" bouncy sounding music. When some bands try to write peppy" sprightly songs" a feeling of awkward bashfulness sometimes follows" thus forcing them to have to include a testosterone"laden guitar solo to validate their heart felt commitment to their craft. If you don't sound a little bit hurt" wounded or angry it's not art" right"" Hmm.

Well" as an alternative to some of the popular guitar based bands of the moment" Hoarsebox haven't felt the need to implant any distortion filled choruses" or chant"alongs worthy of a football stadium" in any of their tunes. They have" however" hit the nail on the head with their Cuckooland EP. Five gleeful songs that don't try to beat a smile onto your face. It just happens. It's sunny Saturday morning music. The inclusion of all four members on vocals is suberb in making each tune sound fresh. You can pick up tastes of The Police" and at other points the energy of the Red Hot Chili Peppers rather than their funkiness. They don't overuse any one instrument" with everyone getting a fair share of the airtime.

The positive lyrical content is uplifting and when they sing "I don't care" on Tales Of The Workplace" I'm right there with them. All I Need Now" is something Sting and the boys only wish they had written. And No Pants Island has an unashamed touch of post"punk 80s flare.

Hoarsebox have developed a few very honest tracks here without even a hint of self"conciousness. Be that as it may" the lyrics aren't birdbrained either. With such a lively melody as a backdrop" it would be easy to fall into a pattern of writing about trips to the beach" and picnics. The content addresses some serious" deep and heartbreaking topics. Even a Morrissey fan might be able to emerge themselves in the lyrics.

So far" Hoarsebox have warmed up the crowd for The Stranglers" The Walls and Republic Of Loose" and with gigs announced in the US for later this year" they're gaining a lot of momentum. Anyone who's interested in something new and interesting to listen to should pick up a copy of this in Tower Records. Or better still" head over to The Button Factory on the 27th of March. I'm going" I'll be the grinning weirdo in the Morrissey t"shirt giving out free hugs.

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