A Simple Guide To Small And Medium Pond Life
Derby four piece Pet Crow deliver the goods with their debut album A Simple Guide To Small And Medium Pond Life. The album is a great mixture of sixties style garage and surf rock, new wave with a smattering of a more optimistic version of post punk in there too and it is all smothered with an infectious pop sensibility coursing right through it.
The album opens with Harold & Maude, which is a lo fi strut of a song and introduces the listener to the Pet Crow sound, a sound that has bags and a bags of vivacity and life. The following track She’s Back ups the tempo dramatically with a killer bassline that forms the songs backbone and some brilliant surf guitar elevates the track in frequent stages (something that happens throughout the album, Pet Crow have a strong surf/psych rock feel hurtling through their musical DNA) and this is a track that keeps on building and building before reaching a thumping and satisfying trash rock conclusion.
The tempo is taken even further up a notch with the energetic and catchy What To Say, a live favourite in the making for sure. The contagious sound of the track is enough to keep someone with narcolepsy awake and the whole affair sounds like a jollier version of The Cramps, if you can imagine such a thing!
Daylight Savings is a more mellow affair that has an air that is reminiscent of early Sonic Youth complete with welcome noisy interludes that give the song an extra spark of energy amongst the more hazier elements while the rapid fire Bazwatch has a punky energy running through it ala Helen Love. Pressure Sores is a grooving monster with some searing metallic guitarwork in it and boatloads of in your face attitude, just the way it should be, although it never loses its catchiness either and is probably the highlight of the whole album. Next track, Get Out does its best in vying for that accolade though, with its urgent nature and focussed energy and its simple but truly effective lyrical approach. The album ends with the pounding and triumphantly noisy garage rock of Let Your Hair Down and the anthemic Absorbed ends things in a fitting fashion with its up temp sound.
The enthusiastic nature of Pet Crows music means that A Simple Guide To Small And Medium Pond Life is a joy to listen to so seek this album out and enjoy its lively sound and don’t forget to catch the band when they tour next, these songs will definitely sound cracking in a live environment.
Words: Gavin Brown