Monday, May 05, 2008

Album Review: Parka

Parka -'Attack Of the Hundred Yard Hardman.' (Jeepster)

Many years ago, Jeepster signed and released albums by two acts based north of the border, one of whom did well under Jeepster (Belle and Sebastian), the other who left to a major label before they started to sell huge quantities of records and changed their main influence from Sebadoh to Coldplay (Snow Patrol). So where do Parka stand?

Musically speaking, Parka would appear to have more in common with the likes of the View or the Fratellis than either Belle and Sebastian or Snow Patrol. This is jolly, knees up vaguely 'indie' rather than groundbreakingly radical indie. Yet, I'm not sure how much that matters. Parka don't seem to make any claims towards being radical, what they are is fun, and that they succeed at brilliantly.

Including the three singles released so far: 'If You Wanna?', 'Disco Dancer' and 'Better Anyway' Parka's debut is worth checking out. The fun starts with opener 'Bosses and Bastards' and continues right through. It won't change your life, but it could be the soundtrack to your summer. And that's gotta be worth something.


Parka -'Bosses and Bastards.' mp3

Parks -'Better Anyway.' mp3

Parka's website/Parka's MySpace

[P.S. If you want new music and like Nine Inch Nails, their album is out today and it's free. A review will appear here shortly...See their website for a free legal download of the entire album


Anonymous said...

So, Jeepster are back are they? Interesting. They almost single-handedly carried the soundtrack to my Uni years.

Got to be worth checking out.

Hope you are well, Ed.


Ed said...

Hi Gav

definitely worth checking out, IMHO. Thought Jeepster had gone down but evidently back, or something.

Keep me posted on what Letterbox are up to!


Jim said...

I really wanted to like this album, but nah, I can't get into it.

Maybe after a couple more listens, but so far I've found it really disappointing unfortunatly.

Ed said...

The List magazine have given it the thumbs down too. Guess I'm on my own with this one!


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