|Forever Never - 'I Can't Believe It's Not Metal' (Self Released)|
|Written by Gaz E|
|Monday, 25 October 2010 06:00|
Available only from the band's shows on their current run of UK dates, and limited to 1000 copies, this six track covers EP from Forever Never may appear to be an in-joke made flesh but it is sure to leave at least a wry smile on your face.
The list of songs on the EP caused a raised eyebrow at ÜRHQ, mainly because there were at least a couple of tunes covered that would have caused great distress if they had been murdered, the first of those being 'You're The Voice' by John Farnham. Really? Yeah, really - whatcha gonna do about it?! I'm a sucker for 80s movies and, thereby, classic 80s pop songs - sue me! After around thirty seconds of the Forever Never version of this song I knew that everything was gonna be alright. A pretty faithful cover version, peppered with huge guitars, Renny Carroll's voice seems perfect for cheesy shit like this.....in a manner of speaking! Seriously, he nails the vocals and we're off to a great start.
'Who Is It?' follows and this Michael Jackson tune offers Carroll a chance to pull off a pretty decent chimera of his own voice and that of the late King of Pop, again all by way of a huge wall of guitar. Good stuff. Then the ginger stepchild of the EP - 'Still Of The Night'. It's a classic song, we all know that, but by playing it pretty much faithfully - albeit with some thunderous drums and monstrous guitar - limits its appeal. It'll just get the Coverdale comparisons dragged out and Carroll can't quite keep up. Still a decent version but the nearest this release gets to pub rock.
An adrenaline injection is in order to jolt this fucker back to life. Here it comes in the form of 'Boombastic' by that knob Shaggy. Featuring a guest appearance from Benji Webbe of Skindred, this offers up the near-perfect example of the cover version; tongue in cheek, horns in the air, make it your own - great stuff. Then we're back on eggshells. Why? I fucking love Go West, that's why. That first Go West album was one of the greatest pop records of the 80s and now this bunch of young ne'er-do-wells have decided upon a cover of the seminal schoolday fingerbang 'We Close Our Eyes'. Thankfully, they do it justice. My wifebeater and big fuck-off wrench don't have to make an appearance on the Forever Never UK tour after all. Again, a pretty faithful stab at a classic tune and, yes, it gets me dancing like a twat. The final song is a cool attempt at 'Future Love Paradise' by Seal and, credit to the guys, this is another great version. I'm guessing that Renny Carroll has picked a handful of songs that he just loves singing and, 'snake excepted, he pretty much nails them all.
An half hour of power that is well worth a night out to obtain. I have to recommend this EP as, seriously, I can't believe it's not awful.