They sing of a city where many of its young up and seek pastures new, while those who decide to stick around still have the desire to go to gigs and listen to some good old punk rock and kick some ass. “City of a dream, but it’s just a lie/ you can read about it in the Sunday Times” they sing on the 1 min 21 secs ‘City of a Dream’. Indeed throughout this fired-up and quite enjoyable LP is the sound of something full of life, a record buzzing with one catchy, life-giver of a track after another.
The purposefully flat drum playing and defiantly delivered, spitting vocals during ‘Sea Walls’, as the Ramones-like guitar pings along directly in time with these vocals is from a total punk rock blueprint, and yet Tyvek do it so well. You can’t have too much of a good thing and all that. There is also a track called ‘Little Richard’ which cleverly breaks into some 50s style rock n roll amid the usual buzzsaw, spit and crunch. ‘West Country Roads’ is the one that seems to have garnered the most praise and one can see why. It is about as close to anything ‘radio-friendly’ on the record but before that puts you off it’s only radio-friendly in a good way. Accessible, with crossover appeal and yet a cracking and memorable tune no less.
Early period The Fall are another band whom Tyvek remind this writer– especially during the wired-for-jazz, skipping restlessness of ‘Efficiency’– due to the already mentioned flat, leftfield singing style, but mostly it is down to the lopsided, stop-start guitar buzz. They also have a similar, excitedly played punk-and-blues style to that of fellow top Detroit act the Dirtbombs.
On Triple Beams is another top-line record of its ilk. What makes it even more welcome is– not only because it is released in a year when we had no new Fall album to entertain and confuse us equally– because it stays true to what it believes in, it does not seek to be accepted by the in-crowd, who right now only accept those with expensive keyboards, even more expensive hair products, and no end of self-importance. Probably.