The Paddingtons new album opens up with â€˜Some Old Girlâ€™, a number that has the kind of sound that only pure passion can produce. A catchy rhythm with a thrashy hook that is trashed up punk as we have seen it evolve. The title track â€˜First Comes Firstâ€™ is a moshing, pogo powered, fight around the room. It inspires the kind of movement youâ€™d see from a sack full of rats when you shove a ferret in with them. Live it has to be a must for crowd participation. â€™50 to a Â£â€™ should be well known from its release as a single and is packed with the poetry that is missing from so many songs nowadays. â€˜Loserâ€™ whilst sticking with The Paddingtons overall sound has a Caribbean undercurrent that complements rather than clashes. Punk/Reggae ? Why not. â€˜Alright In The Morningâ€™ is even stronger in this vein with a guaranteed shout along chorus line built in.
â€˜ Panic Attackâ€™ unfortunately has that â€˜morning afterâ€™, jaded feel to it and this is also reflected in â€˜Tommys Diseaseâ€™ although the latter makes better use of the thrash led sound that this band have. With â€˜Stop Breathingâ€™ the first thing that hits you is the obvious rockâ€™n roll base, with its subtle change of rhythm and more synchronised guitar playing it shows that these guys can put surprise into their sound. â€˜21â€™ Smash me, bash me and beat me till I bleed, are the only words to describe what will power out of your speakers. This is â€˜in your face, comeâ€™n have a goâ€™ music. Fucking brilliant! The album winds up with â€˜Sorryâ€™ a number that is anything but that. From its deceptive stumbling beginning it moves into a sweat soaked drum beat and finger bleeding guitars, backing whisky and glass vocals that are what this bandâ€™s about. The minimal lyrics snarled out get the message across loud and clear.
The Paddingtons have produced a debut album that is full of what you hear is what you get attitude. They deliver poetry with a fist. This uncomplicated sound is something that will be criticised for the thread of â€˜samenessâ€™ that runs through the album and hopefully they will develop some more. But this isnâ€™t some â€˜artyâ€™ band. These guys are doing what they love and doing it well.