|Easyworld | CD review | 2004|
EASYWORLD - 2nd Amendment
(Jive - 06/10/03)
You'd be forgiven for thinking that Eastbourne's darlings Easyworld had given up the rock and roll in favour of a sedate lifestyle more in keeping with their coastal home as, save for a tour or two, they've been strangely quiet since their Junkies single went Top 40 back in February. In fact, the trio have been tucked away recording their eagerly-awaited new album, Kill the Last Romantic - due for release in early 2004 - and this first excerpt is sure to intrigue people as to the direction of the forthcoming LP.
A song about US foreign policy might not sound like a CD you'd willingly play but, as those of us already familiar with Easyworld know, Dav Ford has the impressive knack of being able to turn the most world weary cynicism and straight-talking statements into one hell of a song, never better demonstrated than here.
The actual 2nd amendment refers to "the right of
the people to keep and bear arms"; this 2nd Amendment is
both a perfect slice of guitar/piano pop and a neat social commentary
inspired by the war in Iraq, with lines as cutting as "for better
television" and "pick up your daddy's gun" making it the
band's most overtly political track to date. It's all topped off with
an eye-catching video - already a favourite on The Amp - which gives a
less-than-subtle nod towards America's biggest exports: fast food, guns,
violence and sex. Only Easyworld could turn such thought-provoking, hard-hitting
words into such an irresistible song.
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