"Scratch your name into the fabric of this world before you go", that's
what The Noisettes are preaching. Not a bad philosophy even if it does
advocate vandalism. They probably steal pebbles off of beaches too.
Scuzzy guitars fume away with more than a hint of garage blues about them, while
the chorus wiggles its way into your ear like a swollen caterpillar about
undergo a beautiful metamorphosis. Thank God for the chorus then, because
without it you'd be left with a large bulging pupae in your ear (which is
not a good look).
The real joy of The Noisettes then, lies with vocalist/bassist Shingai
Shoniwa. Not for her ability as a bass player (I'm sure she can
slap Flea and Les Claypool around the room) but for her faultless vocals. She's already drawn comparisons with Karen O from the Yeah Yeah
Yeahs, more than likely down to her habit of yelping her way
Shingai's unusual technique finds her swinging back and
forth between the likes of Karen O, Billie Holiday, and Tina
Turner. Without her, it's
unlikely that Noisettes would make much of an impression. With her, it's
just possible that they might get to scratch their name into the fabric of
the world before they go - just as long as they don't steal any pebbles.