June 8, 2008

Johnny Foreigner - Waited Up Til It Was Light (2008)

These guys sound like Los Campesinos! at their most exuberant and reckless. The songs are fast and packed with girl/boy harmonic chanting, screaming cacophony, and alternating snippets of guitar distortion and riffing. Their frenzied and upbeat songs remind me of the rockier side of 90's indie pop. I also hear hints of Bloc Party and the punk choruses of the Futureheads. "Lea Room" is the hyperactive lead off track and seems to overflow with ideas packed into two and half minutes. It sets the tone for an album that starts and stops, jerks and charges, layering up of lots of song pieces like a collage. It'd be fun to sing along if I could keep up. These guys must be amazing live.


Mona said...

Awwww, I love the cover. Cute.

Thecranewife said...

I just finally discovered Los Campesinos! they are ever so rad, so maybe I should throw some Johnny Foreigner in the mix as well.

Also, way to put the "quick" back into "quickcrit".

awmercy said...

Probably should. I think you'll like em.