It’s with a Mark E. Smith-like sneer that Minister Smith, the opening track on Thrill Collins’ new EP, Difficult Listening, is drawled-spat into place. Where post-punk guitar grind and angry polemic is the order of the day, Thrill Collins sounds like Violent Femmes covering Pere Ubu, like Wire slumming it down over a Penknife Glides track.
Political songs dominate – The DPB, The National Anthem, Pols – and though the whole 7-tracker is great it might be worth it (well, of course it’s worth it you can, after all, download it for free) for the closing track, John Key.
The pisstake sport-commentary-as-national-anthem that is The National Anthem is my favourite though, Blam Blam Blam for a new generation, now there is so much depression in New Zealand.
But you’ll likely be hooked to chant-along with the closer: “John Key/you don’t do shit/you don’t do shit/you don’t do shit/for me.
Shades, once again, of The Fall. And a sludgy, angrier Minutemen. Wonderful
Difficult Listen? Yeah, but nah. So easy to like…