OH DEAR OH DEAR OH JESUS CHRIST! WHAT A TERRIBLE WEEK FOR NEW RELEASES FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE REALLY FUCKING BAD!
Scissor Sisters- Nightwork (Polydor)
I will try not to "mince" my words here because I fucking hate the Scissor Sisters more than I hate kids who collect snails just to line them up and tread on them! Their innane pop slash disco slash camp party is about as appealing to me as a ancupunture with a bag of nails. I'm sure the press release reads something along the lines of "great return to form by everyones disco faves Scissor Sisters produced by yadda yadda (who has probably worked with at least one of these five, madonna, elton john, american singer you've never heard of..., american singer you thought might be dead, the village people/milli vanilli) who have really recapatured what made you love them in the first place or some misinformed bollocks like "jake shears and ana matronic trade innuendos, before exploding into huge disco- fuelled choruses! a whole lot of fun" when in actually fact, Nightwork is somewhere closer to the "nightwork" of some $ 2 dollar hooker who blows five guys an hour and has the face of a wet mop, the brain of a turnip and the breath of a dung beetle. Most of the tracks will penetrate your brain like a bear trap or your average Scissors Sisters fan at a sex party in Whitehawk going three or four at a time! Nightwork isn't new/original/return to form/sexy etc etc, it's a sleazy piece of garbage destined to be remixed for revenge/played to death on Radio 2/played by your mum cause she thinks its cool... Please just fuck off and die! p.s. who chose that cover?!? 0/10
Spectrals- 7th Date 7" (Slumberland)
It Follows that Spectrals were the tour support for Girls early this year and they both seem to share the same sonic goal, Sixties melancholy based around a echoey vocal, distorted guitars and a plain drum beat. Like Girls, the melancholy hints at something much deeper but unlike Girls and other contemporaries Christmas Island and Beach Fossils etc, the dark sound never really reveals itself in anything apart from the context of the song rather than the subtle underbellies that emerge in their peers blacker instrumental freakouts! However it is a tad harsh to judge a band based on this short burst and only time will tell if they are capable of something bigger and blacker. 5/10