|Eureka Machines - 'These Are The People Who Live In My House' (Wrath Records)|
|Written by Gaz E|
|Wednesday, 26 January 2011 05:30|
Just when we thought the coldest, bleakest weather was behind us this winter, it returns with a vengeance. But, on the day when the thermometer had a lower reading than the autobiography from Warwick Davis, a burst of sunshine burned its way through my letterbox and changed my day just like it did Christopher Lee's in 1958.
'These Are The People Who Live In My House', released as a digital download from Wrath Records on February 7th, is a sugary sweetener for the new Eureka Machines album, 'Champion The Underdog', due for release in May, and a typically infectious tune it is. If, like me (and every other music fan with a clue/taste/brain/working ear - delete where applicable), you loved the band's previous album, 2008's 'Do Or Die', then this three and a half minutes of near-perfect power pop will have you wishing your life away, like the girl half of a long distance relationship, in readiness of the release of what is sure to be one of the finest albums of 2011.
Again proving to be the natural successors to the crown of kings of misery (this classy attempt at effortlessly slipping a song title into the mix fails on just about every level, but mainly the one where I mention 'misery' when talking about one of the most smile-inducing acts that the UK has ever produced) Honeycrack, Eureka Machines turn out a pure blend of guitar pop, vintage Elvis Costello (lyrically if not overtly musically) and quintessential British cheekiness that, if I were to be so bold, echoes the best period of Squeeze...if there was one. Maybe.
The single is "backed" (as if) with 'Arnald', a song from the 1989 Cardiacs album 'On Land And In The Sea' that Eureka Machines recorded for the companion album to 'Leader Of The Starry Skies', the tribute album released late last year to raise funds to aid the ongoing care required by Cardiacs mainman Tim Smith. Again, the noise emanating from my speakers is glorious.
Yeah, this may be a finger bang before the band finally put out in May but, c'mon, if this taster doesn't whet your appetite in anticipation of the band's second album then you, my friend, are, in fact, not my friend.