Art Brut - Wham! Bang! Pow! Let's Rock Out! (LP)
Due on 23/11/2018
Here to remind us of our insatiable, adolescent appetite for music, Art Brut are back together. What started as a break-up album and turned into an "in-love record," Wham! Bang! Pow! Let's Rock Out! is a collection of post-punk, poppy bangers that recall the distinctive sound that burst out of the Berlin-based band back in 2005. It's been seven years since the group's last LP and sees Argos's self-referential, sincere narrative shape into poignant reflections of encompassing a youthful heart in a world that perpetually forces us to grow up.
Argos was careful to "live a life" before attempting a new album. "I moved to Berlin, I nearly died with Peritonitis. I was in hospital for a bit. I had a son, I had a relationship that broke up. I wrote a comic, a memoir, a musical and had a one man show," he says. "I don't want to be that band who writes the sort of songs like 'I don't like touring, touring is really boring.' I think we needed a rest so some stuff could happen to me, to fill me up."
Produced by award-winning folk musician Jim Moray, Wham! Bang! Pow! Let's Rock Out! is Art Brut at their pop band best. Morphing almost any mundane experience into a hilariously candid anecdote - whether it's watching hipsters eat falafel on Good Morning Berlin, planning a better diet after a health scare on Hospital! or dodging a train ticket inspector on Schwarzfahrer - Wham! Bang! Pow! Let's Rock Out! is testament to Argos's unconventional approach to finding inspiration in just about anything.
2. I Hope You're Very Happy Together
3. Good Morning Berlin
4. She Kissed Me (And It Felt Like A Hit)
7. Too Clever
9. Veronica Falls
10. Wham! Bang! Pow! Let's Rock Out!
11. Awkward Breakfast
12. Your Enemies Are My Enemies Too