This is the first single from The Fondas, Bristol's risingest young
stars. It shouldn't be confused with The Fondas of Detroit, veterans
of the scene, favourites of Little Steven and widely respected garage
Beyond the name, these are quite different bands: While the Detroit
Fondas fit rather well into the new rock revolution template (scratchy
guitars, vintage covers, being from Detroit), the Bristol Fondas seem rather
to have missed the point. The label calls it "slum rock", and Be Alone's
production, with overdriven guitars and boxy drums, certainly wants to live
the garage life. But the song itself draws much more on Oasis, on
grunge, and, in Andy Ward's vocals, on Muse. Loud choruses, quiet
verses; power chords; swagger.
It's not, perhaps, the best mixture of styles. But more than fashion, the
weakness is the chorus: the words "you wanna be alone" repeated a dozen
times in rocking adenoidal drawl. It could do with a bit more work.