He is not Hatchy
Publisher: Shock Records
Fri, 23 June 2006
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A couple of years ago they teased us with the rocking and catchy single Can't Get Enough. It was played heavily on the radio and was even included on the Gran Turismo 4 soundtrack. For those impressed by this song The Infadels have finally unleashed their debut album onto the dance-rock music scene. Full of promise and definitely awaited with great expectations, We Are Not The Infadels pretty much hits the target of what fans have been hoping for.
Featuring 11 tracks spread over a modest 46 minutes there is plenty of variation to appease all. Thumping rock tunes mix with slower ballads and they are all done in that cool retro 80's music style that is the "next big thing" on the music charts. Supplementing the drums, bass and guitar, The Infadels also mix some cool synth samples throughout their music. It's cleverly done as it is not overpowering and instead seamlessly becomes another dimension to the music. Interestingly the liner notes credit 4 out of the 5 members as playing the keyboards and programming. All of them also take a bow for trying their hands at percussion. Impressive. Jagz Kooner did the production on this album. Known for his work with The Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream and Garbage it comes as no surprise that We Are Not The Infadels is a highly polished release.
There has been enough press and commentary about the band's name and how it came about; I'm going to break with convention now, I'm not going into it. Google it, if you must.
The best song on the album is Jagger '67. I absolutely loved the humour in this clever tune about the Rolling Stones front man in his swaggering, swinging sixties London prime. Originally hitting the airways in 2005, it is the most recent single to appear on the album. Other previously released singles featured from the same year are Give Yourself To Me and Reality TV, and from 2004 Can't Get Enough and Murder That Sound. The albums opener, Love Like Semtex, is the new single. Having given the album a thorough listening to I would have to agree this was a good choice
The last track on the album, Stories From The Bar, was one I found to be a bit of a surprise. It is quite a slow and dreamy song and much unlike the radio friendly dance rock tunes that precede it. Why a surprise? Because it is also one of the best songs on the album. At 7 minutes long Stories From The Bar will most likely not become another single from the album but I suspect that wont be a problem. There are plenty of other radio friendly tunes in this album to choose from. Keep an ear out for Girl That Speaks No Words, this may be the next one to get spun on the radio once Love Like Semtex has had its run on the play-lists.
Lyrically The Infadels can be rather funny, and I enjoy the varying vocal styles they use, from football chant elements to typical rock music choruses and softly sung ballads. Although admittedly sporadic at times, it does seem to suit the music they make.
Objectively you could say that The Infadels are nothing new. Their sound is just a modern interpretation on the 80's dance-rock music genre. It's similar to The Cure when they were in a good mood, or perhaps Blondie. Perhaps unfortunately for them, endless comparisons with another popular dance-rock band milking the genre, Franz Ferdinand, will abound. I must confess though, after the first listen I was immediately struck with a rather interesting thought. This album really is a lot better than You Can Have It So Much Better (the follow up album from Franz Ferdinand after their brilliant debut) and for that the prospects of a bright future look good for The Infadels.
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