Some of the Wonky family saw this band last Friday at Thekla. I love their songs but it was really refreshing to see two females kick it harder and better than I’ve witnessed any boys do in a long time!
Great guitar music with a fresh riot girrl attitude.
@ EXCHANGE, OLD MARKET – for one night only!
After gallivanting across the country and sunning it up on her holidays (alright for some!).. FINALLY Wonky is back to bring some coooorking summer anthems to the big gay dancefloor…… yeeehhhh
Wonky favourite Ladyhawke is back after four years with new album Anxiety, chock full of her signature synth and dressed up electronic beats. Simple lyrics, with catchy melodies that will get stuck in your head. A carefree summer feel to almost every song, musically it’s the closest thing to wearing sunglasses in a nightclub.
Listen to ‘Sunday Drive’ when you can turn it up loud then pretend to play all of the instruments at once. Air everything until you fall over.
Listen to ‘Blue Eyes’ if you’re rubbish at remembering words – the chorus is “nah nah na na nahh”. Simples.
Listen to ‘Vanity’ when you’re ironically preening yourself ready for a night out.
I give this a “get the drinks in, it’s time to dance!” out of 10.
First impression: They’ve toned things down quite a bit, opting for a more sing’y and less shout’y approach which is always fine by me as I like words and hearing them. Knowing exactly what’s said is just a bonus. The album’s actually quite relaxed and melodic which I wasn’t expecting. I think there was almost definitely a keyboard and an acoustic guitar at some point…! Blood Red Who? One thing, there’s a LOT of backing vocal fillers throughout the album… More ooohs and ahhhs than I was expecting, like on almost every song. But it works, so whatevs. Plus it means Laura-Mary sings more, which is great because she has a sexy voice.
Track that I’ll almost certainly always fast-forward: ‘Je Me Perds’ (Great song but it sticks out like a sore thumb)
Track I’d want to hear every morning on the shower radio, if I had one, which sadly I don’t: In Time to Voices (in particular; her voice)
Track that actually makes me feel a serious feeling: ‘Slip Into Blue’ (pretty melodies, great harmonies and some unexpected key changes… three things I’m a sucker for)
I give this a “breaks no new ground, but it’s a happy return” out of 10.
They’re playing at Trinity Arts Centre in Bristol on Tuesday May 1st. Call 01179 299 008 for tickets. We’ve got ours already.