Eskimo Sunbed - Eskimo Sunbed

Tuesday 1st August 2000
Eskimo Sunbed - Eskimo Sunbed
Eskimo Sunbed - Eskimo Sunbed

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

With a name like Eskimo Sunbed, you'd think this quartet must be a band with a sense of humour or a sense of style. And you'd be right on both counts! Funk rock with flair, the band's sound is built around Christian Carpenter's voice and energetic guitar playing and these four songs blast from the speakers. The opening "Corinthian Love Thing" sets the EP in motion with a bit of a sub Chilli Peppers groove before "You" sneaks up on you with its gentle introduction. Nearly a minute into the songs and suddenly it explodes into a ferocious piece of chunky power pop. "Fall Up" is a huge riff fest as (he band rock out in fine fashion before the final cut "Closer" gives the band a gentle exit, all acoustic guitars and penny whistle). Eclectic? Versatile? Confusing? Not sure, but once I recovered from the shock, "Closer" is a fine, errmmm, closer for the EP. Hailing from South Wales, on the basis of this well recorded tight performance, Eskimo Sunset sound like a good bet for a stonking live show! Why not book them?

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