"Scifi bleeps, tortured electric guitar moans, and a needy croaky vocal dripping with pent-up desire. An irresistible rolling, midetmpo groove propelled by spangly acoustic guitar lines and a motoring bass. This is a swaggering beast of a track that worms its way between your ears and refuses to come back out again. I just played it three times on the trot . . . ." See BBC Radio's Tom Robinson's comments here.
Remastered, mixed with Reggae, and with a lot more (excuse me), swag than Birmingham is used to, the boys have come into their own with their new album. I Ain't Even Plugged In is a work of love, a creation written with the fans in mind. After a resounding yes from the crowd which came in the form of wolf whistles, hollering and general cheering on, when the lads supported Adam Ant with acoustic versions of their hits, it became crystal clear: this is their version. They've done away with the fancy additives of a backing track, and a loud band, and let their talent shine through. The stripped back edit works because the group are skilled set, and when an acoustic version is a success that's always a sign that the said singer(s), are pretty damn good.
In terms of the superstar checklist New Killer Shoes are on their way:
Performed at the o2, check. Supported an absolute legend, check. Wrote a mostly acoustic album, check. I believe world domination is next.
The band are a lovely bunch of guys but their album speaks for itself. Powerful sounds, get on your feet beats, and rhythms that you do more than sway to. I Ain't Even Plugged In is familiar and yet so different to what I'd normally listen to, but I'm now a fan. Their distinctive tones and surprisingly catchy songs are what have been in my head the past three days. Never mind the legendary Kylie Minogue, it's New Killer Shoes I can't get out of my head.
Catch the band in Edinburgh on the 3rd of October - supporting Happy Chichester. Happy moshing.