Clap Clap Riot: Dull Life (CCR)

 |   |  1 min read

Tired of Getting Old
Clap Clap Riot: Dull Life (CCR)

Elsewhere’s penchant for classic pop-rock with allusions to punk bristle and power pop elevation gets another shot of pleasure from CCR (our one, who previously appeared in one of our best of the year lists).

And again they deliver a vinyl-length collection of smart and memorable songs (11 in 38 minutes).

In their bag of memories (conscious and unconscious) they have bits of Big Star, the best of Paul McCartney’s melodic sensibilities, a blend of punk-goes-stadium and, as always, plenty of pop hooks.

They can conjure up the Seventies (the enjoyably rowdy Help Me) as much as world weariness (the reflective and slightly dreamy title track, Perfect Man), a kind of shoegaze-cum-power pop (Arrows in the Night) and even synth-pop disco (Four Hands which sounds like an instant hit for any summer day).

Deploying electric keyboards has also opened them up to Seventies rock with a funk quality (Better Than This which sounds like early Blur waking up in the Midwest).

There’s also a confident poise about their songs – check Crickets in the Grass – but an interesting layer of self-doubt in some lyrics, as the title, Better man and other songs suggest.

At its best, pop manages to bring those elements together and still be uplifting and – aside from the downbeat closer Old Man Living – Clap Clap Riot pull that off with style. Again.

Available on Soundcloud, Spotify etc. Check it out . . . a bit loud.

And they are touring too.

18119270_10155262437647929_5185505786030769769_n

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Carnivorous Plant Society: Carnivorous Plant Society (bandcamp)

Carnivorous Plant Society: Carnivorous Plant Society (bandcamp)

Drawing on everything from cool and classic Miles Davis, sci-fi, Mexican music, Spaghetti Westerns and ambient sounds, this large ensemble lead by Auckland horn and keyboard player Finn Scholes... > Read more

Alt-J: An Awesome Wave (Infectious)

Alt-J: An Awesome Wave (Infectious)

These days genre-ignoring bands are so common they require no introduction or explanation. But few are as provocative as Alt-J out of Cambridge, England who pull together slivers of... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

The Ramblers: It's only rock'n'roll, and I survived it

The Ramblers: It's only rock'n'roll, and I survived it

A few years ago at the Herald, to amuse ourselves and readers over the Christmas season, it was decided I would write a piece about a band of roadies who were playing a rare gig. That part was... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . HASIL ADKINS: Howling at the night

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . HASIL ADKINS: Howling at the night

Whatever his style was, fame had no interest in embracing it. The closest this rockabilly blues screamer -- who started in the mid Fifties -- came to wider recognition was when the Cramps covered... > Read more