(“Technical difficulties” is, in this case, not a euphemism for “hungover”)
But a week without a petty jab at Alex James from Blur is a week without sunshine, and – as he has become the primary reason for the existence of this column now – I’m always happy to oblige.
Alex has found that he is, indeed, enjoying his new temporary home on Friday; and, moreover, is In Love with this day.
And yes, this preamble is all just a way of crow-barring a photo of him pouring cheese onto Robert Smith’s disembodied head onto ANBAD.
FIRST! Another suggestion courtesy of long-time ANBAD Suggester Of Good Bands, photographer Gareth Hacking, who discovered Intensive Care on his travels, and like any good tourist, brought some of them home with him.
SECOND! Are Family Of The Year a new enough band or not for inclusion on ANBAD? Who cares, when they’re making such lovely and admirably foul-mouthed folk songs like The Stairs? Ace.
THIRD! Remember when bands used to just be able to shred, rock out and play at being the guitar hero for real, and not just on Xbox – and the public bought it? The Malex Kings do, and it’s incredibly hard to hold any of that against them, because songs like this are so much fun:
FOURTH! Little Legend round out a RAWK-flavoured Mixtape – and how: Saints is top-notch by anyone’s standards. Unabashed, gutsy and satisfying.