The Drink – Capital
If BBC Four’s recent history of indie music has piqued your interest about a world of shy boys with bowl cuts and girls with hair slides then London trio The Drink may be just the tonic.
Based around the creative force of wonderfully named singer / guitarist Dearbhla Minouge, The Drink’s off-kilter guitar pop and cutesy vocals would have felt right at home on Sarah Records sometime in the late 80s, while both The Raincoats and The Slits also seem clear influences.
Dearbhla’s cherubic falsetto is the band’s impressive calling card but there’s plenty more here to keep you listening. Skewed time signatures, krautrock rhythms and, crucially, incredibly infectious songs all add to the impression that this is an album full of confidence made by a band not afraid to groove or read a book. As if to prove the point there’s a playful danceability about the likes of You Won’t Come Back At All which somehow evokes The Sundays gone clubbing. What a night.