Wednesday, 9 September 2020
Brontosaurus - These People (Bandcamp Name Your Price)
I was a big fan of Colin's Godson and sad to see them call it a day. It was such fun with the comic strip 80's Video Game themes. You can read the IDHAS review of the album, The Timely Demise Of Colin's Godson here. The Bandcamp site is still active and I urge you to go and listen to their archive there.
So on discovering that main man Joe Greatorex had formed Brontosaurus, I excitedly ran to find out more and I'm so glad that I did. Greatorex has lost none of the trademark Colin's Godson wit, in fact the songs have got even more cutting and dry. The man has a way with words.
What is different is the emphasis is far more on straight ahead Pop, gloriously lo fi, but the songs stand up wonderfully. These People is very very Housemartins, the jolly singalong tunes accompanied by the everyday tales of banal everyday life.
One look at the song titles will give you more than a hint of what to expect, but these lyrical side swipes never undermine the great Pop of the album. Blogger is the stand out song, cruel but splendid, but all the rest of the album comes close to its greatness.
Powerpop By Numbers is great Power Pop and Band Of The Week is great Brit Pop Pop Rock. A Do-It-All Dad's Denim Dream like so much here is fun packed and Heaton-esque. Soundman is in The Supernaturals territory, hardly surprising since James McColl helps out on the album with Backing Vocals and an assortment of instruments including Saxophone and Flute.
At other times, I'm reminded of Brian Bordello if he were the lead singer in a Power Pop band. But all in all this is a fantastic album. I'm so glad that Joe Greatorex is back, he's been missed. Anyone who can make me laugh in these hard times is worth listening to. Highly Recommended!
You can listen to and buy the album here.