STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 93606-16604 LABEL: Fierce! FIERCD6055 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2010-05-10 RRP: £7.49
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
Imagine taking everything that is great about [dweeb] and distilling it down to a more concentrated form. You know, the unhinged vocals of Tim Alford, the solid and yet fluid bass lines of Matt Donald, the powerful driving drumming of Dave Ashworth (he makes a lot of noise for a little guy) and the superb riffing and sheer joy of Badgerman's guitar. Anyway, previous releases have featured all of that but for 'Feels Like Dynamite', they have managed to deliver all of that in concentrated form and added a few new tricks as well. In the run up to them hitting the studio and recording this, I heard a few demos and thought there'd be more synth and dance rhythms on this release. But instead, there's a tweeking of the style which made 'Moose Moose Chicken Moose' and 'It Came From Outer Space' such delights rather than a wholesale stylistic change. This exhilarating album abounds in highlights including the first single off the album, "It's OK", with its killer chorus even though I'm not won over by the pointless acoustic intro. "Playing In The Snow" has a supreme riff that'll have the crowds dancing and a set of yobbo vocals that'll have people singing along. In fact, [dweeb] have a gift for creating anthemic singalong choruses with seemingly a Millwall FC crowd providing vocal support. Another good example of this is "Blunt Incision". Thankfully the band haven't forgotten that they are a rock band so the album closes with "Upside Down" and a chance to wig out! Now signed to Fierce Records, the band have a real opportunity to reach a wider audience and have delivered a superlative album.
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Anyone who saw [dweeb] take a leading role in the BBC 3 documentary ‘Singing With The Enemy’ will know them as a collective of undeniable unity and faith. Put them up on stage with the lights and crowd and no matter how bright the lights or how big the crowd [dweeb] will serve up one of the most electrifying live shows around.
And the album…? Well, amid all that neon hyperglo and industrial sonic optimism there’s going to be something truly great.