This, the first of two split 7 singles to be released
by R*E*P*E*A*T Records for the worthy cause that is Love Music Hate
Racism, is all about the pop, and all about the rewriting. Folk-punk-pop
maestro Chris T-Ts reworking of album track 'Tomorrow Morning'
is followed by the equally poppy stylings of Cambridge guitar-pop
sensations Cosy Cosy, who present an alternative version of demo
track 'Drive Drive'.
Not having heard the album version of Tomorrow Morning yet, I cant comment on how different this version is from that one. I do know, however, that Cosy Cosys B-side contribution is a very different presentation of a previously-released song, with shoutier vocals higher in the mix and the whole thing far more jerky and punky than the demo version. Plus, this version has car noises on it. So yes: Cosy Cosy present us with their winning mix of sproingy rhythms, scratchy guitars and a bounding, bouncing bass line, the whole thing topped with harmonising boy-girl vocals. Its exuberant and playful stuff with the slightly breathless, frantic feel of a song desperate to fit everything in and a scatty energy which is guaranteed to get toes tapping and fingers snapping. The backing vocals and odd howls from the guitar do a grand job of egging the song on and pushing the tempo up, and everything rattles along nicely to finish in a pleasingly contrasting wail of guitars.
Pop music has many faces. Here, we see its quiet and polished perfection
face lying next to its upbeat leap-around-the-room face, and we say
that both are good. Another well-aimed musical slingshot from R*E*P*E*A*T,
which will warm and energise you in equal measures and make you smile
till your face splits open in the manner of a pop-addicted Humpty Dumpty.
Plus, its all in a good cause! Copies of the single can no doubt
be acquired through the R*E*P*E*A*T website, and rumour holds that its
also available in good indie music shops.