MARK VODKA GROUP - s/t LP
- Label: Drunken Sailor
- Catalog Number: Drunken Sailor 122
- Availability: In Stock
Debut LP from The Mark Vodka Group, Nova Scotia delivers again. FFO Coneheads, DLIMC, Buzzcocks and sunshine in the city.
More effortlessly catchy brilliance from Nova Scotia, Canada, that
your ears, speakers and shelves simply cannot live without. You want a
quality guarantee? Well, howsabout if I told you that the Mark Vodka
Group includes members of the Booji Boys? Their 2019 opus ‘Tube Reducer’
should still be rattling the walls of your house and making your
neighbours question the wisdom of moving next door to one of those ‘punk
rockers’ the newspapers warned them about.
This is a different prospect to the Boojis, of course. While that
group buries deceptively tasteful hooks in clouds of ear-lacerating
distortion, the Mark Vodka Group opt for a more immediately accessible
level of audibility, while still keeping things firmly in the box marked
‘lo-fi’. They sound like a bare-bones Descendants at their most
irritably bratty, stealing the Oblivians’ homework and doodling stupid
faces all over the most insightful parts. Or maybe the other way around.
Point is, they do smart and stoopid simultaneously and they’ll make you
wanna dive onto a dancefloor to revel in both sides.
As they’re not ashamed to tell you, however, the band have been
around this music long enough to grow pissed off with… well, what have
you got? Scenester elitism (‘Big Time Rocker’), the sudden trendiness of
punk among previously sceptical normies (‘Everybody’s Punk Now’, which
also boasts a killer Buzzcocks homage at its peak) and everyone dumb
enough to cross them. Truth be told, punk rock doesn’t come out of these
lyrical screes too well, but the Mark Vodka Group are too in love with
the stuff to truly let go. Besides, as ‘Mark’s Blues’ laments at the
album’s close, even when the rest gets you down, there’s always booze to
keep us going: “The drinking hasn’t let me down yet.” Hey, Mark Vodka
ain’t just a clever name. This is a damn fine record, though.
This is the deluxe version from ESCHO RECORDS; Denmark, not the Matador Records version.
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