Beatnik Filmstars - In Great Shape
There is something rather comforting about In Great Shape, recalling good old-fashioned indie music, whether that be The Jesus and Mary Chain, Carter USM... or The Farm. (You might not be surprised to learn Beatnik Filmstars formed in 1990.) Sub D-D-D-D-D-Disco takes a swipe at the grottier side of the club scene while bringing to mind Groovy Train. It's called having your cake and eating it, especially since this isn't the sole attempt here at resurrecting the indie-dance crossover. Oh, and the occasional burst of (rather pointless) scratching does not make Beatnik Filmstars the "indie -De La Soul", as the press release cheekily suggests.
Still, these brief, quirky songs aren't at all bad. Their greatest strength is the lyrical content, whether coherently dissecting modern life, being just plain weird or sporting appealing cynicism. "It's too late to say 'I love you' when you're dead... God is waiting there to piss on your parade." In Great Shape is like going back in time to before Kaiser Chiefs, Coldplay or even Shed Seven were invented. Not a bad option, actually.