New Tune : Lovebreakers : Primary Colours

Photo credit: Morgan Tedd

Every music fan, regardless of how erudite or esoteric their tastes, will occasionally give in to the siren's song of simple, aggressive music. That's why over a half century since its original release, tunes like "I Wanna Be Your Dog" still garner reactions ranging from high speed mosh pit collisions to knowing nods between nibbles of crudités, depending of course, upon the environment in which they're blasted.

And yes, they absolutely must be blasted.

Folks who love music love nothing more than to argue over which band or artist was the first to successfully marry pop music and mayhem, and perhaps not surprisingly, Elvis's September 9, 1956 performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, which I'm sure you've seen, is often pointed out as a watershed.

That's all well and good, but for my money, The King's performance pales in comparison to one on the same program just a few months later (April 28, 1957, to be exact) of Bill Haley and the Comets, and their white-knuckle take on "Rudy's Rock," which should've fried every TV in the lower 48. Guessing this one might be new to you.

And you thought Pete Townshend invented "the windmill." I mean, what else could you possible ask for, besides maybe for the accordion player to get impaled? You could write an entire book on the importance and influence of that 2'07", and I sincerely hope someone (who's not me) does some day. And I know we're splitting hairs here, but my point is that popular music was built on enthusiastic performances (if not flat-out aggression), and as music continues to evolve into endlessly complex and confusing taxonomies, at some point, most artists will sooner or later feel the pull of "getting back to basics." Something of a musical rebirth by fire, if you will.

And that's why bands like The Ramones and Modern Lovers will continue to inspire.

And why Back In Black will be the first album to sell a billion copies.

And why every ten years, some new band will strip things down to the bare minimum, push all the levels into the red and make music that forces critics across the globe to sit up on their hinders.

And finally, that brings me to Birmingham's Lovebreakers. Mind you, that's other-side-of-the-pond Birmingham; the steel mill city that brought us Judas Priest, GBH and The Move, not the one south of the Mason-Dixon that brought us Lee Bains III, who's also someone you should be down with.

Following the success of their self-released Social Hell EP, this wet behind the ears quartet made its way to California, where they holed up at Hurley Studios with Davey Warsop, who previously lent his talents to releases from Green Day, Alkaline Trio and Junkyard. If the horny title track "Primary Colours" is any indication, these kids are likely to appeal to fans of many classic (The Jam), decidedly messier (The Biters) and gone too soon (Material Issue) bands.

I'm also encouraged by the bass player's Germs pin. Pat Smear's done well for himself, hasn't he?

And yeah, admittedly, it's a little sugary for my typical musical diet, but also it's simple and catchy as...well, you know what I was going to say. I know, too soon. It's also fun, which lawd knows we can use right about now. And it's going to sound great loud and live. Don't believe me? Maybe you'll believe Mike Ness, a guy who knows a little something about touring before you're old enough to rent a car.

Yeah, Mikey handpicked the lads as openers for Social Distortion's summer tour of the UK and Europe, which kicks off on July 5th in Hamburg. Clearly, they're in good hands, so get your tickets today, and pass the time spinning the Primary Colours LP, which drops this Friday on Wiretap Records.


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