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Byline: CRAIG OWEN JONES

They say that good things come to those who wait. Tom Edney and Oli Jones have been writing music together since 2000, but their Colwyn Bay five-piece the Racketears have only just recorded their debut single, Tundraboy, due to be released later this month on Complete Control Music.

Okay, so the name's a little cheesy, but any band who can list as their influences Joy Division, the Jam, the Super Furry Animals, and Interpol gets my vote.

It's a startlingly good release, primarily because the band have the good sense to write on subjects familiar to us all.

The reference points are well chosen. Dam Wright's bass puts one in mind of the rumbling tones of New Order's Peter Hook, and Aidan Williams' clean drum patterns underpin the whole, while the meandering synth lines of Regan Sergent are reminiscent of Common People-era Pulp, especially on the marvellous title track.

Meanwhile, vocalist Tom Edney's performance is confident and laid-back.

There are no fluffed notes, and the lyrics display a certain Kaiser Chief s-esque insight into the humdrum nine-to-five existence that is the lot of most of us. 'You look just like your dad/When you've got a drink in hand,' he sings balefully on Moron Sunday, a superb observation on how nights on the tiles to escape from the boring desk job catch up with everyone sooner or later.

Obey The In-Laws is the denouement, a melody-laden comment on matrimonial life with synth lines borrowed from early Japan records.

It sets the seal on a collection of three well-crafted pieces of popular music that are very much of their time.

There's a lot of this type of social realist music knocking about just now.

In amongst the innumerable paeans to getting drunk and gyrating on the dancefloor, it is possible, as bands such as Kaiser Chiefs have proved, to make the occasional eloquent comment on where this culture is taking society.

I suspect that, of the current crop of guitar bands who create it, only the very best will produce songs of lasting worth.

If there is any justice, the Racketeers will be among them.

Tundraboy is out a week on Monday; the Racketears play the Litten Tree in Colwyn Bay on May 31. Go to myspace.com/theracketears for more information.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 11, 2007
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