999: Gimme the World: 7”

They may look like a bunch of lager-loving football supporters, but Nick, Guy, Pablo and Arturo continue to soldier on. Sure, they had to withdraw from a few shows in May due to illness, but have several European dates scheduled. “Gimme the World” is a great song that sounds like something off the Weirdos Condo album. B-side track “The System” doesn’t miss a beat and does some cool stop-start stuff with tricky vocals. Nice to see a band producing challenging material instead of pandering to an audience that probably doesn’t exist any more. Could do without the lame romanticism of the last song, “Stealing Beauty.” She’s the prettiest girl in the world? Really?

 –Jim Ruland (Dr. Strange)