HIGGINS AND THE MAGIC OF THE MARKETPLACE: Dream Consumer Dream!: LP/CD

The Higgins in question in the band name is Andy Higgins, the man behind the record label, Just Say No To Government Music and also one-third of the band Litterbug. He has many other irons in the fire too but this is a band I have not come across before until both the LP and CD were delivered to my door. It’s a weird one to get my head around as it’s well played, catchy, and has some good lyrics but I can’t figure out whether the band is an outlet to just let off steam or if it’s a serious band. I suppose as I enjoy the record it doesn’t really matter. I love the guitar work and the vocals which occasionally sound like Joey Shithead gain my approval, too. It’s a mixed bag style-wise, ranging from more direct punk tracks to others which hit a more indie vein. I also enjoyed the homage to The Violators in “Visiting the City” which features part of the intro to the excellent “Summer of ’81” at its start. It’s all good fun. –Rich Cocksedge (JSNTGM, [email protected], jsntgm.com)