Elements of back-lashing against the fall of traditional punk, edges out through some The Moldy Peaches rawness, the insight and uncompromising touch akin to The Fall, topped off by the Liam Gallagher baiting front man Tom Atkin’s coarse, yet driven vocals. Hull’s The Paddingtons use this second album to shamelessly and proudly exclaim that despite having a New York base, when making America their second home, they have lost none of their Northern grit and no shit approach.
‘Punk RIP’, is a shrill valediction to the glory days of Da Pistols and Sham 69. A The Cribs veined, hanging back-drop and shouty vocals gives lead single, ‘What’s The Point In Anything New’ a mainstream, radio friendly coating. Something that is bearable only for the fact that the rest of this rugged full-length spews out versatile crudeness, at times flashing some underlying depth.
A Ska edge is brought to the fore, ‘Shame About Elle’. Atkin’s vocals have developed into a broader range this time around, as the harmony helped, drawling vocal driven, 80’s indie rock slanting ‘Sticky Fingers’, testifies. New wave rawness and spice is paraded throughout, ‘Molotov Cocktail’. There does appear to be a more rounded and varied instrumental element to The Padds this time around. A languid feeling capturing a crunching lyrical touch is borne out in the vitriolic slow melting, ‘Stand Down’ featuring a downtrodden lag;
“Oh, you’ve seen it all before; knocking at your door.
Oh, you’ve let it waste away, nothing comes your way.”
Political nettle grasping is done with rhythm rumbling catchiness, punctuating the piercing points about the deceitfulness and hatred nature of the yob culture, ‘Gangs’. ‘Heart Song’, underlines the masterful touch of percussionist Grant Dobbs, whose profile adds vibrancy and drive. Keeping The Padds at the forefront of indie/punk and steering them clear of the lame ditch that seems to catch out many acts of this cut.
By Dave Adair
Coarse, uncut indie punk that has the guitars bleeding continues Hull’s, The Paddington’s assault on the more rugged, uncompromisingly rhythmic musical pallet. Tom Atkin’s new wave slanting vocals, shows that the band haven’t been caught up in the glitz and glamour of celeb’ hob-knobbing despite guitarist, Joshua Hubbard’s fling with Agyness Deyn.
Shame they split up really, her vocals could have heightened the new wave spice of this new single. Then again, as this quintet proudly exclaims; “What’s The Point In Anything New?”
The Paddingtons have announced a brand new UK tour in support of their upcoming single – What’s The Point Of Anything New – and brand new album – No Mundane Options [release dates to be confirmed].
They will be playing the following gigs on their tour:
24th – Barfly, Camden
1st – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
2nd – Hub, Exeter
3rd – University Of Luton, Luton
4th – Kasbah, Coventry
6th – Chinnerys, Southend
7th – Sin City, Swansea
8th – Plug & Play, Reading
10th – The Royal, Derby
11th – Plug, Sheffield
13th – Portland Arms, Cambridge
14th – Marquee, Hertford
15th – Roadhouse, Manchester
16th – The Welly Club, Hull
17th – The Guild, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham
18th – The Town Hall, Selby
21st – Bar Academy, Bristol
22nd – Metro Bar, London
24th – University, Newport
25th – Audio, Brighton
27th – Fibbers, York
28th – Zodiac, Oxford
31st – Georgian Theatre, Stockton
1st – White Riot @ The Fife Ocean, Fife
2nd – King Tuts, Glasgow