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Piroshka - Brickbat

by Jeff Penczak Rating:7 Release Date:2019-02-15
Piroshka - Brickbat
Piroshka - Brickbat

Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated supergroup since Electronic, Piroshka comprises Miki Berenyi (Lush), her life (and former Lillies) partner Kevin “Moose” McKillip (Moose), bassist Mike Conroy (Modern English, Moose) and drummer Justin Welch (the token bloke in Elastica, who was also in the reformed Lush)!

Now just don’t panic when the first sound you hear out of your speakers sounds like proverbial nails on a blackboard; I’m sure that’s an intentional sonic volley to catch your attention. ‘This Must Be Bedlam’ eventually settles down to a catchy, swaggering finger popper, with Berenyi in fine voice while the lads chug away behind her. The faux audience clapping at the end is a well-deserved “Welcome back!” ‘Village Of The Damned’ is even better, a punchy, driving dance beat serpentining around Berenyi’s sexy, breathy vocals. McKillip’s vibrating guitar fills and keyboard flourishes add a groovy De Wolfe library charm. Nice touch, too, that jazzy brass coda!

While ‘Never Enough’ and ‘She’s Real’ are a bit of a shambles and much noisier and disjointed than they need to be, the rollicking barrelhouse ‘What’s Next?’ ponders the Brexit dilemma with a caustic lyric and a fierce, rhythmic thrust that bears a passing resemblance to vintage Wire. ‘Hated By The Powers That Be’ won’t win any fans on Downing Street, but it’s storm-trooping, fist-pumping singalong chorus and plonky keyboard tagalongs will stick in your head for days – it’s the best thing here and should be the lead single to attract fence-sitters thinking the represented bands are long past their sell-by date.

‘Run For Your Life’ is another heart-pumping rabblerousing adrenaline rush, driven by Welsh’s furious skin pounding and McKillip’s glass-shard guitar scrapings and keyboard shrieks that all take me back to The Heart Throbs’ brilliant Cleopatra Grip debut! The rest of the tracks are passable pop that are rather dull and won’t be revisited too often, but don’t let that dissuade you from picking up one of the new year’s most exciting and rewarding listens.

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