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The Ripps - Long Live The Ripps

The Ripps, Long Live The Ripps

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

COVENTRY upstarts The Ripps boast a sound that’s fast, furious but mostly fun: it’s essentially punk power pop that’s as effusive as early Supergrass but with an outsider edge that stems from brothers Patch and Raul Lagunas’ parents, who were political activists in General Pinochet’s Chile, living in exile in the UK since the ’70s.

Their influences range from the obvious likes of The Clash, The Pixies, The Buzzcocks and Blur, to the more surprising likes of the B-52’s and The Shangri-la’s.

Former single Loco is typical of what to expect; a joyfully exuberant opening salvo that taps into the “loco” nature of proceedings. It’s essentially a love song about two dysfunctional people who want to party but it’s delivered with such gusto that it’s impossible not to be swept up in its cavalier attitude.

It’s followed by the similarly brash Vandals, a rousing blend of early Blur-style guitar riffs and punchy lyrics (“we are the vandals, a generation of losers and wasters heading for trouble”). There’s elements of The Jam and The Specials too.

Slightly angier and certainly more punky is Hypocrite, while the opening riffs of Vampires appear ripped right out of Pixies’ culture.

It’s a distinct feature of the album, however, that it’s easily divided into angry punk moments and more infectious power-pop. Needless to say, it works best when occupying the latter territory.

Stranger, for instance, is a firm highlight; a track that begins with a whistle and unfolds with some catchy hooks and vocal melodies.

Holiday employs some Beach Boys-style melodies before careering head-first into breezy Brit-pop territory, a la Blur.

And You Don’t Even Care drops some cheeky, laddish lyrics into the mix to conjure an anthem about juvenile affection and unrequited passion.

During such moments, the album positively vibrates with the energy of youth and the sound of a band finding its feet.

Hell, there’s even a nod towards Kaiser Chiefs territory on final track, I Don’t Like You Any More, which employs the same sort of chant-along chorus that made Every Day I Love You Less And Less so memorable.

But in spite of its obvious comparisons, Long Live The Ripps appears happy to wear its influences on its sleeve because it also retains a confidence in its own ability to entertain.

The result is mostly infectious in a loud, brash, guilty pleasure kind of way.

Download picks: Loco, Stranger, Holiday, You Don’t Even Care, Benefits, Bad Influence

Track listing:

  1. Loco
  2. Vandals
  3. Hypocrite
  4. Vampires
  5. Stranger
  6. Holiday
  7. You Don’t Even Care
  8. Cov Song
  9. Nightmares
  10. Benefits
  11. Bad Influence
  12. I Don’t Like You Anymore

  1. This Lp is the best I have got for the past 2 years !

    FJ    Mar 26    #