Album Reviews

Thee Attacks – That’s Mister Attack To You

(Crunchy Frog) UK release date: 12 December 2011

Musically and politically we all seem to be resurrecting the austere uncertainty of the 1970s or the arguably shallow excesses of the 1980s. The optimism and invention of the ’60s, when Britain swung with possibilities, has barely been given a look in. Thankfully those longing for the glory days of Carnaby Street and brawling on Brighton Seafront are in for a treat courtesy of this Danish four-piece band. Thee Attacks’ sound is so retro that it appears to have fallen through a wormhole in time – but it might not be enough for this disc survive in a world where the words ‘R&B’ and ‘Garage’ mean something utterly different from what they did 40 years ago.

Thee Attacks have been groomed by some as the next The Hives, certainly in terms of visual style and rough geographical origins. However, The Hives took their cues from the punk stylings of The Stooges, but Thee Attacks have The Yardbirds, early The Who and Tarantino-esqe surf guitar woven into their DNA. The result is a tight set of 12 tracks that could easily be smuggled into any Nuggets or Immediate compilation.

The authentic sound is partly down to producer Liam Watson being at the controls at his legendary Toe Rag Studio. The rest is down to the lively and well-crafted ’60s-style pop with more licks than an ice lolly on a summer’s day. The only hint of modernity appears to be shades of The Raconteurs’ Salute Your Solution being used as the backbone for one of the tracks.

However, what the album scores in authenticity it loses in depth. The immediate nature of these songs means that there’s not much beneath the surface to reward subsequent listens. The relentless energy of the album is likely to get you dancing, but little of it worms its way past the ear drum and into the brain. However, if you’re in the mood to play something loud and race around the house in your parka you will certainly be reaching for this disc.

Not every album has to be as rich and complex as Dark Side Of The Moon (though there are hints of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd on some of these tracks) so it’s best to judge TMATY on its own merits. In terms of achieving what they set out to do, Thee Attacks have produced an accomplished debut but their deliberately derivative nature means this album will only have a niche appeal. This disc is fun and enjoyable but outside of mod and retro circles the lack of depth makes them as disposable as the extra “e” in their name.

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