1133265 Records DK
Wellington’s Interns have here done what any band should do I think – that is to say, release the good songs, go EP over album. So here we have seven smugly cynical, sharply satirical pop songs. Good fun.
Think of Vorn Colgan and the Vorn band, think early Mutton Birds via Letterbox Lambs, these are the sorts of touchstones I like to look for in this sort of graduate pop-rock. There’s something almost Strokes-ish about Mac User, and a lovely coiled riff unwinds around the cooed harmonies of Darkness Is All Around Me.
Swampy chords and percussive jangling frames Tell Me About Him, and despite me naming three Kiwi acts as comparisons I feel like there’s something very Australian in the musical elements here. The good old accent comes out to shine in the vocals though. That’s Kiwi as an office-worker eating a meat-pie while working to work in trainers. The title track is giddy-up motherfuckers.
And there’s something early Flying Nun about Da Da Da’s intro. Something very 80s Kiwi Music in general about having a song called Da Da Da. And something so cheerfully snide in the vocal delivery. So if you grew up with any of the bands named here or Aussie counterparts like The Johnnys, Go-Betweens and Hoodoo Gurus then you might want to cut yourself a wee slice of this quarter-album paradise.
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