Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The Boys With the Perpetual Nervousness - Songs From Another Life


Calling yourself after an early Feelies track, (with admittedly, an added 's'), doesn't perhaps show the broadest of career ambitions and intentions. It indicates a certain disposition and approach and The Boys With the Perpetual Nervousness' second album from earlier on this year Songs From Another Life conforms utterly to expectations.

This brings to mind, (or at least to my mind), an immaculately preserved set of 7 inch singles in plastic sleeves in a living room of a hipster whose youth is far behind him now but still has the memories and souvenirs of years spent in dank, Indie venues to fall back on whenever they're required. June Brides, Soup Dragons,  Felt and erm Teenage Fanclub. For the template for The Boy With the Perpetual Nervousness first and foremost is Teenage Fanclub. This fact is evident from just three minutes in its company.

Not that there's anything wrong with that, particularly if you like me, have an eternal fondness for the TF worldview. Songs From Another Life doesn't once wander from the path of Byrds devotionalism that the Fannies first laid down with such loving persistance back in the Nineties.

 In some ways this approach is desperately,desperately conservative, but the Perpetual Nervousness boys  have a knack for this particular suede jacketed jangle and aficionados of this particular artform will not feel short-changed.

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