Feb 21, 2017
First there were the Undertones. They channelled the Ramones to invent indie pop (with a little help from Orange Juice) and grown men, yes, mostly men, still swoon at the paean to onanism (perhaps) that is Teenage Kicks.
Then there were That Petrol Emotion, two Undertone brothers in a new band fronted by an American, driven by a social conscience.
Then there was nothing, for so long nothing. The the Undertones reformed for a couple of decent LPs, the first of which featured a quite brilliant assault on self-reverential indie rocksters and while they continue to tour, that flurry of creativity appears to have been short-lived.
But rock ’n’ roll is an everlasting yeah, which is as good a name as That Petrol Emotion, shorn of that American and one of the Undertone brothers, could have chosen for their “comeback”.
Anima Rising is at times run-of-the-mill hooks and singalong, but persevere, for it finishes, just seven tracks in, with this monster of a record, twelve minutes of brilliance that almost makes me want to forgive Feargal Sharkey.
The Everlasting Yeah // The Grind