Any X Factor viewer will know that the best parts are the good performers (though devoid of any artistic integrity) and the laughably bad.
Either way both will be completely forgotten
within a couple of weeks of not being rammed down your throats on a weekly basis. Mojo
Between these two poles, however, sits a broad expanse of middle ground, ranging from “okay” to “meh”,
which is quickly dispatched and even more quickly forgotten, having made no impression whatsoever.
The Mojo Fins shuffle quietly into this meridian of banality with the sound of every local support band you’ve ever ignored while getting the first round in.
Half-hearted, half-arsed, MOR indie with empty production that only their own family members could love. Mojo
Harry: “It feels like in a year or two there could be a wave of angry, disillusioned groups but it hasn’t really happened yet.
Everyone’s saying that British music is shit, and it is,
so what would be a great thing this year is if we break through into the right peoples’
heads that want to be in bands. That’s the best type of band to be.”
A snappier summation will be needed for people to band around whilst praising, slating and discussing Video Nasties though,
and indie punk sounds about right. Or new wave.
Or, on account of the emotions and insecurities found within James’ lyrics – often swathed in distorted walls of guitars and
subtle keys from George – post punk maybe. Or post post-punk.
“People always call us lo-fi, which is a little bit… y’know,” grimaces Max once more.
“If people could stop calling us a teenage band, that’d be nice,” says George “because we’re all in our twenties now.”
“I think the album does sound quite lo-fi,”
counters James, adding “I don’t think DIY is the right word but it’s how we sound live.”
And then Harry wades in to put an end to this pondering: “People hearing [the album] will think that it sounds likes a debut album,
but in the best possible way.
Like when bands make their first record and they just have to put it all down, and it sounds really exciting.
I think that’s what it sounds like.” James’ denial of a DIY tag may well seem unjustified coming from the leader of a band so heavily involved in everything they create,
but Harry’s right about how exciting Video Nasties sound these days, and how much ‘On All Fours’ sounds like a debut album.
Urgent and desperate, it’s got a sense of want shared with ‘Definitely Maybe’, and that record turned out okay.
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