As it seems the craze for '80s-influenced beats, synths and hi-hats is
starting to die down, the 'next big thing' is a Kaiser Chiefs-fronted
revival of proper guitar music, as is the case with music; it ebbs and
flows, it peaks and troughs. After the flamboyant artsiness of the past few
years, so it goes that we get a return to jangly bloke-pop, with guitars and
other manly stuff. I say, burn that synthesiser!
And so it is that American band The Idle Hands, who blend 'literate
English pop with a US sense of dynamic', blend neatly into this new trend
with their hummable if anonymous guitar-pop. There's something missing with
Loaded, the 'ingredient x' that makes your average bunch of chancers into
serious artists worthy of consideration, so no matter how likeable the song
may be, it is chained down by its anonymity and lack of charisma.
It is also apparent that The Idle Hands desperately want to be New
Order, with the driving bass, frontman Ciaran Daly's mournful Bernard
Summer-esque vocal and proclamations of "I'm still keeping track of
disappointments". However, it is very much New Order-lite. While there is
nothing intrinsically wrong with this single, it so clearly wears its
influences on its sleeve, yet lacks the necessary flair and innovation of
New Order. Likeable, but by no means memorable.