Thousand Natural Shocks describe their music as “essentially new wave with a bit of art-rock going on, played with the energy of punk. But there’s also a big emphasis on making it dance, big beat and fast funk.” Steady on lads! Leave some genres for your seventh album change of direction! Their attempts to position themselves alongside every type of music ever created (apart from ambient Balkan Jazz) can perhaps be traced to the urgency of youth (they are all only 20), and this remains a pretty decent debut release with a few of these attributes present and correct.
“Never Say Never Do” takes an odd post-punk intro then makes out like Franz Ferdinand on cheap speed from 1 minute onwards.
“Under the Sun” welds the big, bouncy choruses of Blur and the Kaiser Chiefs onto a basic frame and propels itself along very nicely. Second A side “Attack” is slightly less interesting as quiet bit moves into loud shouty bit, ho hum. The most interesting track is the extra track on the CD release. “Never Say Never Do” takes an odd post-punk intro then makes out like Franz Ferdinand on cheap speed from 1 minute onwards. They sound like a good live prospect, and if they have a few more songs of the above ilk, and better, they could do ok.