Tsunami (album) Hypnotized (single) (Thunderdome)
~reviewed by Mick Mercer
An unusual band, as the picture reveals, with stylistic differences and a big age range, and obviously not the hardest working outfit around, creating only their second album in nine years! It’s no classic, but you might be entranced, pitching them halfway between an orderly Sugracubes and a less rocktastic Garbage.
The main plus point is the kooky-spooky vocals of Gelgia C, who’ll mew then snarl, and dictates the ebb and flow of their impact, which is important for a band who aim to be sombre but with great choruses. More often that not they succeed, which is a commendable achievement, because it’s harder than you’d think. ‘The Limetrip’ is an engaging opener, positive and pushy, ‘Anodyne’ swoops languidly, and with guitar set on Rawk ‘Hypnotized’ is a fabulous single, wiggling wonderfully as the sticky vocals keep it upright and the beat cajoles us. There are some disappointments, in the standard crunchy dark rock of ‘Ra’ and pleasantly idle Goth slumber of ‘Fingerprints’ but Gelgia usually comes to the rescue in their lighter moments, with her playful and precocious ways, so it’s an interesting collision, but feels lightweight. The single is definitely recommended, for anyone with a taste for the tasteful with a gleeful sense of backbone, and then you might want to get the grips with the album?