Flamingo Crash – Triangle Island
That is the album cover, in case you were double checking to see whether you typed in our site or http://www.parklife.com.au
Now, from first impressions of this CD, I see a lot of Modular-esque colour schemes and shapes; a wacky looking promo photo of hipsters/dorks in the band, and the words ‘The debut album featuring <insert 3 songs you probably haven’t heard of>’
So once I had already judged the proverbial book by it’s cover, I put the CD in and had a listen. Boy was I wrong… I had heard these songs before. Can’t remember where though.
Maybe this is turning into a very harsh review, which is unfair. Triangle Island is actually pretty good, in fact, it’s got some sweet hooks, good disco beats, singalong songs, and some variety thrown in. That’s the problem though. It’s trying to do too much, whilst still trying to stick to a formula. Some it is trying to stick to the disco-post-punk formula of 8-bit synth sounds, off beat hi hats, and shouting vocals, and then some other songs, like the really good Mountains, stick to a ‘rock with some synth’ groove, but hey, that actually works. I just kind of get the feeling that these songs may have been included as filler, as they don’t stick to the poppy vibe of the rest of the album.
The other problem I have with the album (and the group for that matter) is that there’s nothing new on offer here. Again, it’s a good album that sounds really fun, is produced well, and will have the kids sweating in their gold lame leggings in the Ding Dong’s/Oxford Art Factory’s/Transit Bar’s/Whatever’s, but I can’t help but feel that unless they develop change their sound, they may eventually end up being another name in a long list of postpunkers that just seem to merge together, unable to be distinguished from each other, and the worst part of all of that is that they’ve come at the tail end of the scene. I hope.
58 Mugabe Votes out of 100 (and that’s all that matters!!!)
One more thing: All this news about Kurt Cobain’s ashes and Ian Curtis’ gravestone being stolen freaks me out. Why? Because, and this is just a theory, I think that someone out there is trying to create a huge cult music figure with DNA from Kurt and Ian or something, that will have the punk/grunge aspect of Kurt, and the maudlin, depressing gloom of Ian… Wait a minute. Who knows who is next?? I have however, you’ll be pleased to know, discovered one fatal flaw: They’re only gonna top themselves. It’s ok everyone, we can chill the fuck out now.