Sheepy ‘Alarm Bells’ – album review

Sheepy Alarm Bells LP

Sheepy ‘Alarm Bells’ (Blang Records)
CD | LR | DL
Rel Date 7th April 2017

Second full album from Sheepy, the Liverpool based 3pc who demonstrate that pop music does not have to be the bland, genre void pap that clogs up the charts.

With ‘Alarm Bells’ they have abandoned the blueprint, and crafted an album of dark-pop with a luxuriously unsettling edge.

Opener ’15 Songs’ is a sub 2 minute incendiary gem driven by frenetic drums and a spikey riff others would trade their limbs for that originally emerged on a self-released album ‘15 Songs in an Hour’ back in 2014, couple this with some Shelly & Diggle style harmonies – this is a pure punked up pop masterpiece. ‘Home’ is equally effective – a head rush collision of the La’s and The Ramones, hook laden with a rabble-rousing fist punching chorus that will ignite mosh-pits wherever Sheepy land.

‘Oh!’ retains its pop feel, but veers towards a more experimental edge, reaching back to the 60’s with its warm vocal retorts (celebrating McCoy’s crisps) and hand claps, whilst the adrenaline bounce of the track keeps you focussed…’Red Tank’ is an off-kilter masterclass, stop-start, simple yet quirky riffs, feedback and delicious harmonies that few other bands would attempt yet alone master in.

‘I Want My Baby Alive’ motors along in a life affirming blur of dirty guitar driven fuzz, which is ramped up further in the majestic ‘Batteries’ – a genuine high octane molten punk blast that defines Sheepy in a neat 144 seconds.

Closer and title track ‘Alarm Bells’ starts with an almost whimsical acoustic vibe before being swallowed up by a huge riff that catapults you along, wrapping you in a huge gurning smile as the guitar riff rips and slashes as Luke laments the sirens being “so fuckin loud” – another sub 2 minute scorcher.

Sheepy have a created an energetic short, sharp joyously off kilter belter that should be worthy of your attention.

Track listing:

1. 15 Songs
2. Bring The Music Back
3. Leaf Of Mischief
4. Home
5. Oh!
6. Red Tank
7. Bed No More
8. I Want My Baby Alive
9. Book
10. Batteries
11. One Cup Of Coffee
12. Alarm Bells

Sheepy are on tour to promote the album;

Wednesday 5th April – Fulford Arms, York
Thursday 6th April – Alleycat Bar And Club, London
Friday 7th April – Studio 2, Liverpool (Album launch with Snakerattlers, Ladies, & Mad Alice)
Saturday 8th April – The Ferret, Preston
Wednesday 12th April – Pop In, Paris
Thursday 13th April – Kult 41, Bonn

Friday 14th April – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh
Saturday 15th April – Rattenloch, Schwerte (Ger)
Sunday 16th April – The Curly Cow, Witten (Ger)
Sunday 30th April – Smithdown Road Festival, Liverpool
Saturday 1st July – Wonkfest, London

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