Thursday 5 December 2019

Music: Bounce at the Devil by Republic of Loose * * *

John Meagher

John Meagher

Recorded in Baltimore, the Dublin outfit's fourth album blends a myriad of influences -- from plastic soul to the sort of "big hair" rock of the 80s -- and the results are mixed.

Mick Tierney -- aka frontman Johnny Pyro -- remains the best thing about the group, and his cocksure attitude simply oozes from the speakers.

He's on fine form on the catchy, attitude-heavy How Is Your Brain? And the urgent Blah Bounce is even better. You could imagine the likes of Robbie Williams having a huge hit with this.

Too often, though, RoL sound like a bad version of Fun Lovin' Criminals, not a happy thought when one considers the paucity of the cartoonish originals.

Burn it: How Is Your Brain?; The Blah Bounce

Irish Independent

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