by / February 28th, 2008 /

Review: Vincent Vincent and the Villains – Gospel Bombs

(EMI)

The year is 2008 so what would we need more than a band whose point of musical reference seems to stop at 1958 – drainpipe trousers, quiffs and all? Well, why not? Rock -n’ roll has never gone away and bands like VVATV have a habit of popping up every few years, knocking out a novelty hit and promptly disappearing.

With a solid background in the East London live scene (and featuring Rumble Strips frontman Charlie Waller, before a seemingly less-than-amicable falling out), Vincent is clearly no chancer looking to make a quick buck. Gospel Bombs, like all good appropriations, works so well because those behind it understand the source material inside out. Thus, the album is stuffed full of short, snappy, catchy songs, swimming in clipped guitar riffs and tight harmony vocals.

There’s a refreshing innocence at work too, with lyrics about blue boys, pretty girls and sweet girlfriends: one track’s even set in the glamorous location of the frozen food aisle of the local Tesco. Gospel Bombs isn’t the kind of record to rack up nominations on the cool lists, but it’s that very aspect that makes it such a refreshing listen.

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