WON­DER VIL­LAINS

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

Rocky No Dancing Records/ Third Bar

This Derry band have been around for sev­eral years, though there’s lit­tle sign the mem­bers are show­ing their ages – they started in school, and still look like they should be car­ry­ing text­books rather than mu­si­cal in­stru­ments. The words “zippy”, “zesty”, “fizzy” and “happy” could be used to shed light as to what we have here, but overuse of these would be miss­ing the point. In­stead, you re­ally should pay heed to the tunes, which, with sprin­klings of Ca­sio-key­board pop here and hints of a ruck­ing Fight Like Apes there, slap your face, left, right and cen­tre. Tracks such as 33, Lin­klater, Mar­shall and Zola (the lat­ter in­spired, ap­par­ently, by the Ital­ian foot­baller and not the French writer) proudly boast the kind of ridicu­lously catchy pop/punk melodies you’d pre­fer not to have to have in your head all day but which you sim­ply can’t avoid. Drat! won­dervil­lains.com

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