Release Date: Oct 18, 2005
Record label: Domino
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Not for the faint of heart, or those who like their music to linger sedately in the background, the Beautiful New Born Children's debut album whizzes by in a 22-minute blur of punk-fuzz guitar, thrashing drums and vocals delivered in such an emphatic shout it's a surprise the singer has any breath left by the end of each song. There's a hint to the source of this energy in the band biographies: three of the musicians are on holiday from other bands, the guitarist usually plays bass and the drummer usually plays guitar. If that means the performances are scrappy, so what? The album palpitates with the careless joy of people discovering something new in life.
Short sharp riffs, grimy guitar noise, bad words sung through overloaded microphones, all delivered full head of steam what more do you need? If you're the Beautiful New Born Children, maybe a better band name, but that¹s about it. This German combo sticks to the basics and gets to the point, churning out nine bracing blasts of terse, catchy noise-pop in less than 24 minutes. They waste no time grappling with the big questions; the lines "I'm feeling good, I'm feeling fine, and I don't really give a fuck about what you say," from "OK, Alright, Fine," sum up their world view.