|Alaska Campus - 'When We Were Young' (Self Released)|
|Written by Lewis Brooks|
|Saturday, 04 August 2012 04:10|
Alaska Campus is perhaps an ill-fitting name for a band that, at the time of writing, I am enjoying, adoring even, in this lazy micro-heat wave. I can only imagine that there's some deep and undisclosed symbolism afoot here, hipster irony at cursed least... Regardless, I don't often dance, but... ahem, sorry, yes, good music. Perhaps my lack of depth may offend some Uber Rock writers, due to the downright diabolical and insidious prog tendrils snaking around the site at present, but I say, in this weather, any weather, this sort of... Fuck prog.
'When We Were Young' is a mere five tracks long, a pleasant and bouncy blend of bands like Biffy Clyro and Foals sans the melodrama. Indeed, 'Roseanna' has a "whoa" chanting quality and opening riff not unlike The Lostprophets gone clean. This then, makes it fairly obvious as to why it's so fitting, a short package of less than twenty neat minutes of true summer music, lovely.
Alarm bells ring at the French-titled 'Mon Reve'... Have I been duped by a band of single gear bicycle-riding, Starbucks-clenching, be-hatted hipsters? Well, never mind, this is the most bouncy and most pleasant song I've encountered here, irony be damned. Hang on...
"What does Mon Reve even mean? Google?"
Duped, duped I tell you. Never mind, anyone who likes any bands of the aforementioned ilk will get along with this, it's very agreeable, and rather original for the genre, I don't even wear a silly hat and I enjoyed it...