Norway - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 16 - 02/11/98
Three Norwegian Winter Singles
A Norwegian jukebox this time, presenting 3 singles by bands wandering the corridors of
the Norwegian underground. Get your shoes on, pick a coin from your pocket, and press to play.
: Subterfuge EP
This 4 song EP was released December 23rd, and it follows the same musical path as the
debut LP of last spring. One-man-band The Dipsomaniacs
is multi-instrumentalist Øyvind Holm (plus a couple of friends on additional bass and drums),
doing home-recordings of his lo-fi pop-songs, written after listening to and being inspired by
that old Liverpool band The Rutles. If you enjoy the music of, say, Superchunk-Mac and his solo-project Portastatic, this could be
the thing for you. The title track is the best of the four compositions, and Mr. Holm is an
exciting musician and definitely a skilled songwriter (just check out the LP). Yet, I find
the "lo-fi blanket" a bit too woolly now and then, especially on side 2 of this EP.
It's like we're standing outside the basement door, listening, while The Dipsomaniacs are
playing downstairs. I would've preferred listening with the door wide open. (And, I'm
not saying 48-track digital studio!)
The Yum Yums
: Be With Me
Guitars, guitars, guitars! If you're interested in power-pop, check out Norways
finest The Yum Yums. Earlier we've had a couple of singles (one on the
Sneakers label) and a limited edition LP that also is internationally available
on CD. Now they've signed to a major label and Be With Me is their first
output for Universal. The title track is a bit softer than usual, less fuzz and
including keyboards. The melody reminds me of The Who's Substitute and San
Francisco (by Mamas & Papas?) in between. Not bad at all! The cover
versions of I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (who recorded the original?) and
Wig Wam Bam (by The Sweet, heroes of my youth) sounds great, too, in
Yum Yums' fuzz-drenched versions. Their own I've Found Love is the
weakest of the lot, standard straight-forward punky power-pop.
: Get Real
The Wonderfools exploit the same recipy as The Yum Yums on their (first?) 7" EP. They seem
to be a hobby project of Yum Yum drummer Tomas. Get Real is the
outstanding track. Simple punky pop with lots of fuzz. The remaining two
songs lack the singalong potential and seem more grey and dull. But the
guitarwork is superb throughout.
Neither Yum Yums nor Wonderfools are breaking any bounds, you've heard it all before. It's only
rock'n'roll, but don't we like it?
Copyright © 1998 JP
Copyright © 1998 Håvard Oppøyen (The Dipsomaniacs) (The Dipsomaniacs)