Jul 21, 2023

If you took the parts of the Exploding Hearts that weren’t about aping Johnny Thunders or picking out sweaters that coordinated with the color of their spray paint, and welded said essence to a more traditional late-’70s/early-’80s power pop band on the rockier end of that particular spectrum (Plimsouls maybe? Second Eddie And The Hot Rods album? I might even accept Nervous Eaters as an answer here), you might get something approaching Slander Tongue (or a marginally more serious Platinum Boys, I suppose). Then again, one of these guitar leads sounds kinda like the Skids, so what do I know? This German quartet is so masterful at blending the poppy and punky with the powery and poppy and the garagey and rolly that when they throw out some fancy little accoutrement like a bit of bink bink bink piano or a wah-wah guitar solo, it seems almost unfair, like they’re shooting fish in a barrel. Which is probably why they have that song “Fish Taxi,” so the fish can get to the barrel in time for the set. This band is welcome to knock me down, step on my face, and slander my tongue all over the place. Actually, I think they already have. BEST SONG: “Way To Go.” It sounds kinda like that Alice Cooper song but I can’t fault the lads for their youthful enthusiasm. BEST SONG TITLE: “The Jab.” It sounds like Paul Weller’s old band ib he hadda code. FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Successful apostrophe usage rate fifty percent. –Rev. Nørb (Alien Snatch)

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