Music: Dirty Epics * * *
Straight In No Kissing (Own label)
The Dublin-based outfit have kept their debut album to a lean 34 minutes -- and for the most part, they kick up a hugely enjoyable racket. The winning combination of urgent drums and guitars as well as Sarah Jane Wai O'Flynn's scattergun screech gets the pulse racing from the off.
The Cure has been getting modest airplay of late, but that's down to the conservatism of the country's playlisters rather than any shortcomings with the song: a sexy, raucous slice of garage rock that sounds like a Yeah Yeah Yeahs rarity.
Meanwhile, retro duo The Raveonettes would probably kill to have a song like Pony -- its combination of nagging bass and piercing guitars is thrilling.
Sometimes Dirty Epics fail to take good ideas to fruition, but there's plenty of evidence here to suggest that they may have a bright future ahead.
Burn it: The Cure; Pony