JACKSON COOPER LIVE AND LOCAL- The Humanitarians-Call The Police / Weatherman (single Review )
" Call the police" the first single from the Humanitarians forth coming album "No Law " Sets the agenda ,not only for a reborn band coming into it's own but as a direct message to you the British Public in these times of austerity.Soaked in a political sarcastic tone and no nonsense lyrics The Humanitarians current line up of singer, songwriter and guitarist John Mathew, Geoff Dalley on bass, Hayden Jones on drums and Rich Mills providing brass ,deliver what could be a mild stone, mould changing move in a time of musical apathy.Remember the days when music said something and actually mattered ? I could go on about how the sound is London calling era clash meets Lou Reed via a madness /Kasabian riff. But that's cliche and doesn't explain the soundscape palate offered by this track .
Starting off with with a call to arms bass , siren combo before a ska rock backbone of a lynch pin holds the whole track together. " call the police everybody is obese ,getting fatter than cows . Get a diet now " sings out with a brass riff that's a constant feature of the song and is an instant can't get you out of my head moment.Musical ingredients are laid out on a joyous smorgasbord for the listeners pleasure. It gets you excited, moves you , makes you want to look up all the lyrics and puts on your dancing feet! Clever tender production keeps up the momentum and the illusion of an emergency . Music really can imitate life but rarely does it do so in 2012.
The B-Side ( or what would have been in the last century) is a different animal altogether but an equally telling one .Weatherman is a levellers style stomp starting with Michael Fishes famous miss forecast .It's totally infectious ,simple but never lightweight .The bands Facebook page states that the band are doing this completely independently of record company/label support and that every bit of help is much appreciated. Who needs the mainstream and big label support when the alternative looks this bright.
Bored of what popular music has become then buy this single and join the revolution. I've had my copy of the album since June .Its been my constant companion since
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Jackson Cooper ( Riviera FM)