Future Kings Of Spain are not Spanish and they’re not in line formonarchical succession; well unless they pull acoup d’etat. No, these Dubliners are on an all too familiar path tohype-stardom thanks to the more influential sectionsof the music press – three chances to guess the culprits, though you’ll onlyneed one.
Their self-titled debut encompasses the term diverse, but for all the wrongreasons. First off is hardcore single APlace for Everything, before dipping into a so-so wad of Sonic Youth andPavement helpings. Good but hardly groundbreaking.
Then the ever-irritating sound of The Thrills seems to commandeer the mid-point of the album. Maybe it’s a Dublin thing.Or perhaps it’s just keeping in tune with the current appetite to reprocesswhat was good and done before…
Frankly, there isn’t much left to say. The album tails off into mediocre noise which the experts in the popular press champion as a likenessto Dinosaur Jr. So the Future Kings supported J Mascis. Didthese scribes bother to read past the pressrelease and take a listen?
While a savagely honest music fan and critic like myself mayplaintively shirk the Future Kings, others willembrace them. There are always people willing to. For good or for ill. Rightnow I think that this band needs to go back to the studio andget an identity.