The debut album from The Penny Black Remedy kicks off with recent single 95 Charing Cross Road, which vocally is midway between Julian Cope and Grandmaster Gareth and musically is a spaghetti western in a city hell scape. Don’t Count On Us is a fast jigging female vocalled piece, while Come Back When You Have More Ambition is a mysterious Scott Walker style art thing, all glam and statuesque. You Have Wasted Your Life, Now Please Stop Wasting Your Money is a high energy eastern European high kicking jig, The First Time I Saw Angels is a sweet sounding country and western tune, although the reality may however lay hidden deeper within and I Won’t Argue When I’m Dead continues in this musical fashion, if somewhat more jocular in mood. Hit Hard, Aim Low is a heads down, balls out Cope style rocker with added twiddly guitar solo, Bring Back Brando is a softer Johnny Cash song while Gypsy Hospital Death March is wonderfully a proper old Ukrainian sounding tune, with all the traditional dancing thrown in too. Fun stuff.
No-One’s Fault But Your Own is out now
The Penny Black Remedy myspace is here