The Twitch: Time for Change (Rangi)

 |   |  <1 min read

The Twitch: Rock'n'Roll Mirror
The Twitch: Time for Change (Rangi)

The album title is slightly misleading: if it is a time for change then acccording to Auckland's Twitch it is back to the future -- back to stabbing post-punk power-pop with a sharp New Wave delivery.

Rock'n'roll Mirror could have come from any time in the past three decades: a touch of metal in the guitar chords, a boastful Joan Jett-style lyric, Cheap Trick-cum-punk energy, short and pointed guitar solo . . . and all over in under less than three minutes. Perfect.

The rest of the album doesn't stray too far from those various templates (Political Cereal reminds me of something off a mid Eighties stadium rock album which I can't quite place).

Things pull back for Hawker which is one of those coming down songs ("the dollar's down, I won't be your clown"?) and I Feel Alright ("castrated and alone, without you there ain't no home"??)  -- but The Twitch are at their best when the power chords come in and singer Fleur Jack brings her snappy, bratty but nail hard and melodic pop-metal vocals to the front.

Produced by Jimmy Christmas of D4 and Luger Boa,  the rocking tracks lead by Jack (there's a hidden one) are by far the best -- and fortunately there are enough of them to get this over the hump. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Beady Eye: The Roller (Liberator)

Beady Eye: The Roller (Liberator)

Elsewhere doesn't usually trouble itself with singles -- but this one may be of some interest for longtime Oasis fans, or those just curious to know what's up with the Gallagher brothers since Noel... > Read more

Ed Harcourt: Lustre (Piano Wolf/Southbound)

Ed Harcourt: Lustre (Piano Wolf/Southbound)

Sometimes these days it seems that more music is coming out of the Pacific Northwest than ever did at the height of grunge: the difference being it is quieter, more folksy and singer-songwriterly,... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Ed Castelow of Dictaphone Blues

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Ed Castelow of Dictaphone Blues

Ed Castelow is the mastermind behing the pop-rock implosion that is Dictaphone Blues' new album Beneath the Crystal Palace. Formerly in the Ruby Suns and the Brunettes. he has taken a prolonged... > Read more

Kris Kristofferson; Civic, Auckland. April 30, 2014

Kris Kristofferson; Civic, Auckland. April 30, 2014

Exactly 20 years ago I heard a song which changed the way I thought about how a song can be interpreted. It was at Carnegie Hall and the occasion was the 50th anniversary of the Verve jazz... > Read more