PACIFICS, THE: Play Favourites: 7” EP

A self-described ((or, more correctly, liner-note-described)) “beat” group from Dublin’s fair city, one’d expect this bunch to sound more or less like a different flavor of the Kaisers, which, i suppose, they do—though the playing and the sonic frequencies and the repertoire and the what-not are more evocative of either a more-solid Statics or Thee Headcoats minus Billy Childish, for whatever that’s worth. I’m not against any of this, nor am I opposed to an EP consisting of entirely cover songs, but the songs they chose to record ((“You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover” by Bo Diddley, “Lucille” by Little Richard, “Baby It’s You” by the Beatles and “I’m Talking about You” by Chuck Berry)) are just so common and basic that there isn’t a lot to whole-hog excite me here. It’s kinda like if someone released an EP of 70’s punk covers, and it wasn’t anything more imaginative than “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “God Save the Queen,” “New Rose” and “Teenage Kicks.” I’m gonna need to see what else these guys got under the hood before they challenge my Atlantics album to a battle of the bands. BEST SONG: They’re really all kinda ‘bout the same, but I’ve always liked “Baby It’s You” so I’m going to make that surely-unpopular choice. BEST SONG TITLE: “Lucille” because of all the L’s. FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Band misspells “its” as “it’s” in the title of “You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover,” but correctly spells “it’s” as “it’s” in “Baby It’s You.”

 –norb (Bachelor)