Release Date: Apr 28, 2008
Record label: XL
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Of all the genres of the past 30 years none, with the possible exception of grebo, the early Nineties boorish blend of garage rock and hip hop, has provoked more contempt than C86. Named after the compilation tape given away with the NME in 1986, it was conceived as a showcase for those bands who were opposed to masculinity in rock and who remained in thrall to punk's DIY ideals. However, in the eyes of its numerous detractors, such admirable sentiments could not disguise the fact that 99.9 per cent of the groups involved were indie purists-cum-bloodless mummy's boys whose threadbare songs, woefully lacking in adventure, seldom strayed far from the boy-meets-girl set-up.
Cajun Dance Party are another in the long line of British bands in the early 2000s influenced by jittery post-punk and peppy, literate new wave groups. They are also young enough that they are probably influenced by the Arctic Monkeys as well. The two groups share a sound (angular, hard-charging guitars; off-kilter rhythms; dramatic arrangements) and a sensibility.
Review Summary: The Beatles’ first album was a crappy rush-job too, but at least it contained a couple of great covers.Cajun Dance Party.The title calls a myriad of images to mind. Cajuns. Dancing. Parties. Cajun dancing. Dance parties. Yes, yes, all things that are good.One question: how exactly ….