This review was first
published on CLUAS in 2003
Other albums reviewed in 2003
Review of their album 'Is it ok to be loud, Jesus?'
'Hello everybody, how y'all? / Get your dancing shoes on and welcome to the rock and roll dance party'
No folks, this isn't the revival of Dick Clark's American Bandstand. This is something completely different. The opening couplet from Giveamanakick's debut album 'Is it ok to be loud, Jesus?' lays down the mantra of this awesome duo in an oh so sarcastic fashion. This album may indeed soundtrack many a rock and roll party over the next few years, but unlike Clark's show, copious amounts of sweat and all such matters rock are gladly present. The track in question, 'Ger Canning', hops out of the stall rather furiously. Stephen Ryan's vocals and guitar are met by a boisterous drum assault from Keith Lawler. For a track that clocks in at under four minutes and for a band that doesn't have any penchant for wimpy indie music or shoegazing, it strangely seems like something of a mini-epic. Plus, it ends with some insignificant clapping. Class.
Nine more songs are popped out of the cannon during a fat-free
half an hour. 'Marmite Walks' has a Pixies-type intro, and indeed similarities
have been drawn between GAMAK, and Frank Black's old mob. 'Phats' is the hit
single in waiting if we lived in an ideal world. This particular track certainly
veers away from the heavier components of the album, yet it still rocks like
something that is in an altogether delightful tantrum with a riff so tasty that
one wouldn't have to call for the allegorical sauce. However, it would seem that
the real standout on this record is final track Darko Filopovic, which always
reaps a huge response live.
'Is it ok?' certainly rocks like a beast. Some lazy listeners may try and lob Giveamanakick into one of the current fads featuring guitar bands, but behind the hilarious titles (e.g. 'Say No To Sports', 'Me and my Powerful Dad') and the feckless attitude, there are enough complexities and talent in Giveamankick's debut to prove that they are always going to be ahead of such whims. One of the most remarkable things about the record is that it continually remains authentic to the band's renowned live jaunts.
All in all, this is one hell of a debut from one of the most
electrifying bands to
ever come out of Limerick.