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The Just Joans: Buckfast bottles in the rain (WeePop! Records, 2012)

Viejos amigos

Un nuevo reencuentro en el blog. En este caso volvemos a coincidir con The Just Joans, unos viejos conocidos por estos pagos. Llevaban algún tiempo fuera de la órbita, y en este 2012 han vuelto con este Buckfast bottles in the rain.
Editados de nuevo por WeePop!, la banda de Motherwell ha madurado ostensiblemente en este tiempo, y para la ocasión han facturado un disco en el que inciden sobre su temática más o menos habitual pero a la vez han cocinado a fuego lento un sonido más personal, expandiendo su tradicional Folk-Pop de bajas revoluciones a un Pop mucho más elaborado, más rico en detalles, en matices, incluso en sonoridades.
También es cierto que esta evolución trae consigo una cierta introspección que (personalmente) no prefiero a su ingenuo desenfado anterior. Eso sí, su irónico sentido del humor continúa intacto y sus cortos temas continúan ofreciéndonos historias personales, estampas costumbristas e imágenes más o menos cotidianas; narradas todas ellas con ese característico acento escocés que no han abandonado.

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A fair few people will be familiar with The Just Joans already as most of the songs on this debut album have been around in various forms for several years, but for those new to the them, they’re based in Glasgow and this is a point they like to make unbelievably clear. If calling an album ‘Buckfast Bottles In The Rain’ didn’t give it away, they named themselves after the agony aunt in The Daily Record and this album is littered with regional references and clichés to the point where it becomes a bit much. I’m not sure a Scottish, indie version of The Wurzels was on anyone’s wish list, but there’s a definite tang of novelty hanging over many of these songs.
The first half of the record documents the last year of school, the second half covers university and beyond. It’s a shame that sometimes the imagination used here doesn’t go beyond nicking traffic cones and waking up next to girls whose names you can’t remember. The lyrics could have come from a Rab C. Nesbitt script: “sitting on the living room floor, talking about shagging and the football score” or “I spent most of my loan in the first two weeks on cans of Tennent’s lager”. It’s almost a checklist of stereotypes: “been playing pool and drinking Irn Bru down The Miner’s all summer long”. The line “taking Britpop posters from my wall all summer long” is telling, as this album borrows lyrics and melody from bands including Menswear (‘Lookin’ Like Rain’), Sleeper (‘What Do We Do Now’) and forerunners The Wonderstuff (‘Friday Afternoons’).
You can play spot the pilfered tune loads on this album. ‘East Kilbride (All Summer Long’) uses a whole section of The Beach Boys’ ‘I Get Along’ and, far more dubiously, ‘Coia’s Empty’ takes part of Russ Abbott’s ‘Atmosphere’, while ‘Please Don’t Talk To Me’ pinches both the theme to Steptoe & Son and folk standard ‘Show Me The Way To Go Home’. ‘Buckfast Bottles In The Rain’ isn’t bereft of merit and is a fairly decent listen but if they dropped the clichés and tired imagery they could be on to a winner. Unfortunately though, in their current form The Just Joans are offering little that hasn’t been done before, and better, by countless other DIY indie bands” (soundsxp.com)

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15 noviembre, 2012 Posted by | The Just Joans | Deja un comentario

Panda Transport: Dark Horse Ultraviolet mix (Video-Single, 2012)

“The salt and sugar sonic cocktail is created under the influence of old bands, from the 80’s new wave, like New OrderThe CureAztec Camera along with many others, a pinch of jazz (singer Kathy Compton did learn to sing listening Billie Holiday) and contemporary artista such as The Bird and the BeePoolside and Kindness.
And what’s a release today without its merit badges? “Dark Horse Ultraviolet” was mastered at West West Side Studio, NJ, by Alan Douches (Grizzly Bear, Beach House, Sufjan Stevens) and was captured in Lyon, France, and directed by friend, ally and long time collaborator “west coast panda” Justin Chinn, of Grey’s Anatomy (Press)
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