UNDERLINGS, THE: Vice Squad: 7”

The A-side is an unexpectedly jaunty number about applying to join the vice squad that wouldn’tve sounded out of place on any of those late ‘70s/early ‘80s UK mod/power pop compilations of a few years ago on Captain Mod or Captain Power Pop or whatever-the-hell Records. As such, i think it’d sound pretty cool bookended between “Can We Go Dancing” by the Amber Squad and “Sema4 Messages” by Sema 4 ((or something)), but i’m not sure it really bangs me over the head as a standout standalone A-side—it’s decent, but not exceptional. On the flip, “Second Best” goes off in an almost Humpers-like direction, although the rhythm of the vocals in the bits with no drums remind me of Bob Seger in “Get Out Of Denver” and maybe I shouldn’tve told anybody that. Slightly rougher vocals on “Black & White” would allow it to pass as hardcore in perhaps the TMA mold, circa 1984. This band is not entirely uninteresting! Huzzah! BEST SONG: “Vice Squad” BEST SONG TITLE: “Black & White” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Cover art contains the first drawing I’ve ever seen of the Dictators’ “Manifest Destiny” album.

 –norb (Meth Bog, myspace.com/methbogrecords)