Extremely irksome New York Times pop music writer Kelefa Sanneh has a new band crush.
From his review of their most recent show in the Times today:
“This next song is about the people who want to control our bodies,” said the singer known as Pink Eyes, adding, “This next song is about the police.”
Pause. No music.
“And it would start, if we were a professional band.”
Pink Eyes is the lead roarer in a ferocious band from Toronto. What band? Well, the name won’t be printed in these pages, not unless an American president, or someone similar, says it by mistake. Suffice it to say that this is an unruly hardcore punk band with a name to match.
Amazing how Sanneh can make a profane, over the top, politically angry band with a shirtless, morbidly obese lead singer sound every bit as cutesy as a manufactured pop idol who grew up on the mean streets of the Mickey Mouse Club. In some perverse way, I guess it's a gift.
In any case, I await Fucked Up's cover version of "Oops, I Did It Again" with breathless anticipation.