Fight Like Apes - The Body Of Christ And The Legs Of Tina Turner
"Please accept our sincerest apologies to Mom and Dad." As warnings go, the climax to opening track 'Come On, Let's Talk About Our Feelings' is as good as any Parental Advisory sticker. If you were a fan of Dublin quartet Fight Like Apes' debut 2009 album, then you'll be happy to hear the band are back with an album that equals it for musical mayhem. The preposterous title clicks after one listen to a record that phlegm globs its hybrid of synth-fuelled twee hardcore at the listener with middle fingers raised. The band's not-so-secret weapon is leading lady MayKay, who's as likely to adopt a throaty Debbie Harry-esque purr as she is a hushed whisper or shouty tantrum. If there are echoes of great female-fronted rock bands - form a checklist reading Garbage, Be Your Own Pet, The Grates and Metric - it's due to a combination of MayKay's formidable presence and the feisty attitude already flowing through the lifeblood of the songs. Production is overseen by Gang Of Four guitarist Andy Gill, and athough all the noise created vetoes guitars in favour of keyboards, drums and vocals (look out for a bit o' cello on 'Kathmandu' too!), the punk vibe is present and snarling. On occasion, the lyrics may threaten to overdo the twee but then a song like 'Pull Off Your Arms And Let's Play In Your Blood' (the title really should have given it away) drops the C-bomb and choice lyric, "I can't keep writing songs about cutting you up." Catch them at Reading this summer, where they're sure to be lapped up by a crowd of snotty teens.