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Album Review: Wet Dreams’ self-titled debut

A lot of the albums I love take a long time to get to know, many many listens before their secrets are revealed. Yet, there are others which just stand up and shout “LISTEN TO ME! I’M FUCKING GREAT!” as soon as the needle hits the vinyl. Ladies and germs, Wet Dreams is one of those albums. It’s an absolute joy, speeds along like it could fall off the tracks at any moment and it’s over before you know it and I guarantee, because after only a week I am genuinely about 20 listens in, you will want to just listen again and again and again.

So what are we dealing with here, aside from a band that is almost impossible to Google, unless you want to get flagged by your Internet provider? A number of songs created in an explosion of creativity in an Oslo basement by a band soon getting plaudits for their live shows. Now we get the first long player and there are a number of influences, Bleach-era Nirvana, The Replacements, The Descendents, Husker Du, The Vaccines and if there is nothing for you in that lot, then I wonder whether you like alternative music at all, really.

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The record starts with a fast paced skate anthem Band Aid with the simplistic sing along ‘Everytime I cut myself there’s never a band aid in the house‘, Bang! What a hit! It’s an incredible start and the band never takes its foot off the gas. Depression is a defiant beast ‘Depression, no pressure!‘ is the sort of helping hand you might need on a dark day and hell, by the end I felt like a 7 year old jumping around on his bed after too many orange Smarties. Yeah, that good.

Roligata is my current favourite, it has a pop twang like The Velvet Underground (And borrows Lou’s line ‘Take a walk on the wild side‘) and a joyous lyric about love ‘You’ve been playing your cards right for days…‘ which blossoms into a Brian Wilson style simple ode to l’amour. Fans of Daniel Johnston should give this one a spin too and I don’t have many bigger compliments than that in my journalistic arsenal.

Bad Boy (let’s hope wrestler Bad Boy Joey Janela hears this & makes it his new entrance music, I will make this my mission in the Twittersphere this week…) takes the Husker Du template and mixes anthemic drums and incredible screaming vocals to create the sort of soundclash that used to make Kurt Cobain throw himself into the kit with reckless abandon. Another Kendall favourite.

If you’re looking for a dance, then the aptly titled Boogie should satisfy, mixing the sunshine of The Ramones with an early QOTSA chaos groove. Ace. And if you’re going out to boogie and perhaps meet the girl/boy/alien of your dreams, then Beautiful is the anthem for you as you pose in the mirror and perfect your fringe. It is ironic that it echoes the joy of Hate your Friends era Lemonheads and then borrows lyrics from the Christina Aguilera classic that Evan Dando’s crew once covered. All comes around, see?

The album ends, not with a calming exit, but with a trip on the helter skelter with the speed (both meanings) of I Told you/Drugs which gives you that feeling of being alive that a dog gets flopping it’s head out of a speeding car window. Slightly dopey but still as joyous as all holy hell.

Wet Dreams are a super animated bunch, like The Archies or The Monkees covering X whilst building a lemonade stall to gain the money for another packet of cigarettes. Which they imbibe before the end of the first song – It speeds, it crashes, it flies, it glows, it goddamn rocks. Buy.

Wet Dreams by Wet Dreams is out now on Black Pop Records and can be ordered here.

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