EAR CANDY MAG - DECEMBER 2015

MUSIC REVIEWS

Cornish Game Hen,"Museum Piece" (Myopic Crusade records)
Cornish Game Hen is a 3-piece band from Houston, Texas whose mission statement is, "To ruin whatever musical sub-genre you cherish the most". They bring elements of The Cramps, Devo, the Minutemen, and Kraftwerk into the 21st century. All three members of the band write, as well as each of them sharing lead vocal chores, making their overall sound interesting because of the variations: sometimes quirky, sometimes melodic, sometimes dissonant. And the lyrics are very entertaining - witness the song, "Midget Toss"! Cornish Game Hen is a breath of fresh air in the current stagnant music of today. So forget the multitude of bandwagon, pro-tools bands, "Museum Piece" delivers 14 songs that show what rock should be - but sadly isn't anymore! Authentic..Real...and Fun!
Cornish Game Hen facebook site
www.reverbnation.com/cornishgamehen
Rating:

Review by Ronnie


Gothic Chicken,"Lift the Cobweb Veil" (Pink Hedgehog Records)
Gothic Chicken play quirky pop that sounds like a cross between early Supergrass, Dukes of Stratosphear and the Cardiacs. Their songs bounce about with a psychedelic whimsy (i.e., before hippies started having bad acid trips) that also sounds a bit like prog rock. However, Gothic Chicken are smart enough to get out of a song before it gets boring. Stand out tracks “Like a Fool” and Priest Hole”. I’m glad British art colleges are still producing bands like this.
gothicchicken.bandcamp.com
www.pinkhedgehog.com
Rating:
and 1/2
Review by DJ Ivan


Wilson,"Old School, New Rules" (Pink Hedgehog Records)
Wilson harken back to a pre internet time when a band actually had a chance - however small - of “making it” based solely on writing catchy tunes. Their songs hover somewhere between pub rock and album rock of the 1970’s. Songs like “Long Road” , “Pretty Girl in a Small Town” and “Lost at Sea” would have/could have charted in this bygone era. “Pretty Girl in a Small Town” is the strongest song on the album; a brutally honest song about a female big fish in a little pond wallowing in nostalgia who‘s days as the “pretty girl” have long passed her by. Wilson’s strength is writing/playing catchy, unpretentious pop music and they play to their strengths. For millennial kids wanting instant gratification, Wilson might be a bit slow moving and/or complicated. Screw them. Listen to this record. .
www.wilsontheband.com
www.pinkhedgehog.com
Rating:

Review by DJ Ivan


The Inexperienced,"Too Inexperienced" (Pink Hedgehog Records)
The Inexperienced (a one man band performing songs by Alex Meadows) play by the book power pop. “Something to Sing” is ,a pop gem with the songs protagonist admitting that he doesn’t have anything to but doing so in such a catchy manner that the listener doesn’t mind “The Shorten Suite” is a suite of three mini songs that rail against media celebrity worship and McDonald’s in under 3 minutes. “Real Life Situation” attempts a detour into funk that sounds like too much time spent monkeying around with Pro Tools. The remaining songs neither stand out nor are horrible. The Inexperienced are on to something but that something isn’t full formed…..yet.
www.theinexperienceduk.bandcamp.com
www.pinkhedgehog.com
Rating:

Review by DJ Ivan


Garfield’s Birthday,"You are Here" (Pink Hedgehog Records)
Excellent 1960’s inspired Psychedelic pop. Garfield’s Birthday manage the tightrope maneuver of capturing the essence of their influences without sounding like inferior, derivative rehashes of their influences. Their song “Magic Bike” would not sound out of place on the Nuggets 2 boxed set (unfortunately said box already has a bicycle song). Standout songs: “Magic Bike”, “Oxford” , “Sunday Best”.
www.garfieldsbirthday.bandcamp.com
www.pinkhedgehog.com
Rating:

Review by DJ Ivan


Simon Felton,"Emotional Feedback" (Pink Hedgehog Records)
This is Pink Hedgehog CEO Simon Felton’s third solo record. Stylistically, this release isn’t terribly different from Felton’s other bands - Garfields Birthday and Wilson. However, the songs on “Emotional Feedback” are a bit more mellow and restrained than his other projects. At spots it reminds me of Belle and Sebastian. The pleasant music on this cd masks some lyrics with some bite. On “Safe Bet” he propositions a less than amazing looking woman with the line: “You’re not amazing looking but you’re not someone to turn me down” . If you are a fan of Mr. Felton’s other bands, then you will like this release. If not, “Emotional Feedback” is unlikely to make you a new fan.
www.simonfelton.bandcamp.com
www.pinkhedgehog.com
Rating:

Review by DJ Ivan


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