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The Pacifics: Quadrafenians 7"

The Pacifics: Quadrafenians 7"

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"The second of Dublin combo The Pacifics' Mistkäfer label four track seven-inch EP platters to hit the stands, and once again the grooves are packed to the gills with scorching beat-centred rock'n'roll goodness. And whatta gobsmackingly clever, and humourous title they've chosen for it too! In taking a seasoned rocker in the shape of 'Wine, Wine, Wine' and rechristening it 'Cans, Cans, Cans', shows that these young lads - much like the Hamburg-era Beatles long before them - have a distinctly fresh outlook on modern life. Some thumping great Kinks-style injections can also be detected in 'When I'm Gone' and in the main riff they scratch out in 'Burgers & Chips'.
The double-sided, two-colour (green of course) wrap-around sleeve displays echoes of those great vintage Good Vibrations releases; that featured such as RUDI, the Outcasts, Xdreamysts, etc! This record can turn frowns into smiles with a simple snare crack and the crunch of a bunch of fat git chords. The group's basic approach and sparkling vitality could see them go far! Look out for this lot playing in a town somewhere near you soon."

Lenny Helsing

Our take: Latest EP from this Irish band that features half of the #1s among their ranks. When I first heard about the Pacifics the conceit was that they were doing a kind of Cavern Club-era Beatles type of throwback rock and roll, and while that element hasn’t been completely purged from their sound (particularly on the closing rave-up, “Burgers and Chips”), at this point they don’t sound all that different from the #1s to my ears, and honestly I couldn’t be happier with that fact. Honestly, though, I feel like the surface trappings of this record are irrelevant. What is so great about it isn’t the vintage-sounding reverb on the lead guitar (though that sounds really, really good) or that they nail the vibe of some particular record that I already love, but rather that these are four classic pop tunes. These folks know how to write a fuckin’ song, and there isn’t anything even approaching a dud here. If you live for music that combines the visceral thrill of a perfectly-penned pop song with the manic energy of punk rock, then you need this. Highly recommended.