CREEPING IVIES: Stay Wild: LP

This two-piece from Scotland is doing the “wild rock’n’roll thing.” I hate to say it, but it seems like they’re just trying too hard. I have this prejudice about big beat because I worry people learn the beat, get some leopard print and talk about seedy-sounding things, and feel they’ve got it. This record just never takes off for me. The whole thing rides one pace and never screams. The opening song, “Black Cat,” is the best song and it’s a downhill snooze from there. I bet they’re better live. 

 –Billups Allen (Dead Beat)