This is not new. Not even revived in a second generation new. It’s post-post if you like.
This is where the snappy, mildly jerky, New York ennui cool of turn of the century The Strokes bring angles, busy guitars and a little too much knowingness to a meeting in a downtown bar with a bunch of rhythm & blues-loving kids from the suburbs who have fewer affectations, a fondness for sweaty dancing and a collection of garage rock.
Add the fact that it’s a two-piece – how very noughties – and you can already begin writing the review-as-obituary.
But wait a second. Ok, it’s very familiar. However, the single-named Sydney duo of Novak, on guitar and voice, and John-Henry, on drums, are both smarter than all this sounds and more fun than any mere copy cats.
From Where U Been, which opens the album with fuzzed guitars and husky vocals that actually puts Polish Club into a more Australian context (think the kind of classic Alberts Studio sound revived by Dallas Crane), Novak and John play short and sharp and bent on entertainment.
No song exceeds 3mins40seconds, several are just under or just over 2mins; Watchuknow gives you urban surf music in tight trousers rather than boardies; Broke, the slower Able, and the slower still It If Was Me take you through the three stages of power soul balladry; and Come Party is a heart and party-starter, complete with bap-bap-ba-da backing vocals.
It’s a pity the intentionally comic, drunken Irish pub feel of the album’s closing song, Red River Rock, make you think of a drunk, scratch wedding band.
But hey, stop the album at the end of track 13, My Delight – aka, the one that reminds you of the first Kings Of Leon album – and restart the record. Party sorted.
Three and a half stars