Another day, another band who have taken the lead from Franz Ferdinand. This obsession with New Wave / Post Punk must stop soon surely. If nothing else, we need a little bit of a break; it's getting difficult to tell whether half the stuff these kind of bands come up with is any good at all.
To be fair to The Alps, this isn't half bad. Obviously there's the spiky little guitar riff, but beyond that there's some pretty impressive vocals in the style of The Cure from singer Dan Heptinstall. Not only that, but there's a middle eight that must have been written during the band's brief spell at the Adam Ant College of Football Terrace Chants. World At War, however, is just a little bit forgettable, and for a spiky little tune weighing in at less than three minutes that's almost unforgivable.
This is by no means the worst single we've ever had to endure, and there's plenty to like about World At War (although it's strangely prophetic title is a worry). The Jam's first album was bloody awful and look what happened to them. It's just possible that The Alps have a few killer tunes tucked away.