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Archie Bronson Outfit – “Derdang Derdang ” – [Domino Recording Co Ltd]

Thurston Hunger   7/20/2006   A Library, CD

Can a band have catchy drums? The Archie Bronson Outfit
does, even if they don’t number an Archie or a Bronson
among them. An interesting nomme-du-band, tending more
towards Riverdale than “Death Wish” perhaps? The yelp of
Sam Windett has a nice plummet, if not Fall, to it. We
get his impassioned vocals, good chunky guitar, and again
them catchy drums…all working to keep things pretty
well amped up for this London three-piece. An unplugged
electrile dysfunction leaves the album hanging on a
limper whimper rather than a roar. Yeah, I know it’ll
be your favorite track. Anyways lyrics work a pretty
well-fenced pop mythos, ten tears here and there, cue the
fog, lotta lovelorn anguish, lips, fingers, fur (recalling
an earlier release). With a title of “Derdang Derdang”
repetition is no stranger stranger to these London lads.
Even if their limited lexicon is as easy as ABO, the depth
of whatever chased Windett’s caterwauling up a tree comes
across as sincere to me. That, and the kind of rumbling
hootenany of the chunes help this album pass gasp!

-Thurston Hunger

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