EP Review: Japanese TV Club's 'Cry and Compliment Me'
For a very long time the only way that you could hear the work of Japanese TV Club was a collection of solo demos posted on the band’s bandcamp, although just bedroom tapes there was something fascinating about them.
In the time since these demos, they have become something of a live favourite locally and, in addition to sharing stages with No Teeth, Swine Tax and Cheap Lunch, they even ended up headlining the Jumpin’ Jacks stage at Meet the North.
So what of the new EP? In short, well it's blooming marvellous...
In full, this EP fits somewhere between the dense fuzz of Sonic Youth and the slacker antics of Parquet Courts.
With the sharp angular riffs of ‘Tommy’, that wouldn't sound out of place on a Gang of Four record, and the accompanying chorus nothing is held back with what I'd describe is an anthemic grungey chorus similar to Nirvana's Nevermind.
‘Horrow’ is a tasty self-conscious lofi indie rocker. The phrase "Speak when I am spoken to" sounds like it was given as some undesired life lesson. ‘Plum’ is just as a lofi but brings with it bags of energy and wants me to see these chaps in a low ceilinged darkened room.
To conclude the EP, ‘Troubled waters’ by the wayside starts like the start of Teen Age Riot (Sonic Youth) with slow brooding guitar line and dark lyrics of introspection.
Cut to the return of the angular riffs as a precursor to all faders being set to 11 for a noise fest of a conclusion.