|Instant Species | CD review | 2004|
INSTANT SPECIES - Plan "E"
(IS Records - 12/7/04)
As its title would suggest, Plan "E" is the fifth album from the Huddersfield boys with some of the sleaziest songs (not to mention the loveliest legs) in the business. (Visit their website and you'll be sure to agree with the latter... if fishnets are your thing.)
If it seems that we've digressed a little, fear not; with opening lines such as "I can't help it, I think I'm Elvis - the King of rock 'n' roll", it's evident that part of the band's appeal lies in the fact that they don't take themselves too seriously, while the Instant Species ethos reads, "if it sounds good play it, enjoy it and fuck it if it goes wrong." The number of different musical genres attempted on Plan "E" is certainly testament to this; while the punky No Centrefold experiments with the interesting use of a spoken female voice, Scott Free's melodic country guitars are a complete contrast to the disco fever of Formula 1 and yet, somehow it all fits neatly together - a feat aided by Rick Garnett's distinctive voice.
Night In The City is brilliantly infectious in a Strokes' Last Nite/Someday fashion and She Gives Me Nothing still sounds as wonderful as it did when released on the band's April EP, but the standout tracks are the gentler paced Wealth and Health and the brilliantly cutting (if grammatically incorrect) What Makes You Think Your Worth It?
It's brilliant. And yet still, bafflingly, Instant Species remain unsigned...
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