All right Egg Eaters, you have my attention. You know most synth lovers I review on here give me lo-fi dream sequences that are lovely. But every once in a while it is nice to be reminded that the ’80s loved to make real noise. That's what makes Gimme Gimme Gimme the latest album from The Egg Eaters so viciously rad (yeah I said rad, come at me). Let's go through this track by track.
First up, "Sarabande." There's a post punk, epic ’80s style power ballad happening here. It sets up with a narrative as old as time with the tale of young talent to Hollywood. However, it has been punched up with modern twists. I'll try not to spoil the story further. There is an interesting mix of dated and modern production trickery at work here. The vocals are held back behind a technicolor fog machine, the guitar and synth brought to the front. It was a very interesting first impression.
Next up, "Ghosts." I like it; it has a slower but still very pointed attitude. I really like the narrative here. It deals with very real life issues like slugging through jobs that pay the bills. There's nostalgia here. It has a levity to it. This song almost felt like an interlude, a mere remembering of a specific place and time.
Holding down the pivotal middle spot is "Cloak & Dagger." This has all the punk appeal of a juicy, prickly pear. I love it. This is where the raw energy kicks into high gear. It's here that I can really sense that live performance aura. It's a fast and fun romp that earned its place on this album.
Gotta love "Crime Of The Century." Here we get a serious garage band feel. I really liked the production choices. The mixing and mastering added a little bit of a different flavor that makes this song really stand out. Loved the lyrics too. The title is deeply metaphorical as I hoped it would be. There's a slight vulnerability in the words here. It creates drama and fear and begs you to react.
Coming in last on the album is "Bank Of America." I doubt The Egg Eaters is so fond of this particular banking institution to write a song about it. Oh no, this one is a clear political message that hits several serious issues from multiple angles. The blood running through the veins of this group is perfectly tuned for political messaging like this. It was cheeky, funny and also pretty damn true.
This is a great little album that has such a curious appeal. At times it feels more like theater than music, and there were times I questioned aesthetic choices. I will say this, Gimme Gimme Gimme is an album I won't forget anytime soon. It wins by being distinctive, ballsy and unwilling to compromise. Sounds like someone I'd love to hang out with. If you feel like you need something that will rub against the grain, give this one a shot.
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