Flipron - The End Of Summer/Raindrops Keep Falling On The Dead (Tiny Dog)
UK release date: 25 September 2006
New single, new album on the way, and Flipron still sound exactly the same as they did down the King's Head about ten years ago - which is pretty much a good thing.
Jesse Budd's brand of cockney storytelling - as if Kurt Weill had sat down with Suggs to write the sequel to the Threepenny Opera - is still just as entertaining and devilishly sinister as ever. The bar-room piano, jazzy-bass and Budd's dry, cynical delivery are all here, and these three tracks (including the otherwise unreleased 'Flush It') are as good an introduction to the band as any.
So Flipron are clearly waiting for fashion to come around to their music, rather than the other way around. It's got to be the right thing to do - they do their thing better than anyone else does it, and they're consistent. This is well worth checking out then, along with new album Biscuits for Cerberus (which, utterly beside the point, has a song about Lions on it that this reviewer heard down the aforementioned London pub last century, and really thought should have made the grade for album no. 1. Better late than never, boys...)