The Creature Comfort: The Creature Comfort (Critter Communication)
Due Out: 7th Oct
It’s taken a while but it looks like The Creature Comfort are about to enjoy the success they have long deserved. Philip Allen listens to their new album.
The recipe for success isn’t always the fast food music we are sold for convenience. Sometimes it’s about slow cooking it, making the dish taste that much more richer. The dish is the new self-titled album from sleeper Manchester band, The Creature Comfort. The rebirth of the band that got swamped by the deluge of culture bursting out of the city back in 1988/89. The sheer variety and quality music coming out of Manchester has obviously been strong, especially since The Smiths, The Stone Roses and Oasis shifted the scene into overdrive. The self professed ‘Outsiders’ have cooked up a treat in the shape of a classic album twenty years in the coming. The Creature Comfort held a residency at the infamous International Club where such contemporaries as Gun Club, Mudhoney, Suicidal Tendencies, Cornershop, American Music Club all played. Frontman singer, Ben Le Jeune soaked in the rock and roll energy during those formative years must have added to the development of a sharp and mesmerising performer on stage.
Ben’s ironic charm on opening track, ‘Sauce’ is infectious as the track playfully disassembles expectations and rebuild them into a joyfully catchy track that bears all the hall mark of Pistols mixed with Devo. A self-referential delight that breaths new life into the punk rock blueprint. The brooding love ode ‘I Do Need You’ is a massive punch of a track that manages to be as dark as it is light-hearted. The rousing piano, thundering bass and powerful drums smack it home in a way that every love song should.
Next comes a 60’s pop infused trip of a song – ‘1000 Miles’. A one-way ticket to shakesville, stopping at shimmydale and all points North baby. A psychedelic stormer that has all the sass and voodoo of a New Orleans bar on a hot sticky summer evening.
‘Step Down From The Sky’ seems to be conjuring a feminine godhead to come save us sinners and abusers, a cry out for mass enlightenment in light of mankind’s destructive impulses. The lone bass intro and chopping guitar licks psych out in this redemptive tale, with the organ and female backing vocals whirling around our heads, it almost feels as we are at the Apollo in Harlem, thrashing out the rhythm and blues.
‘Sally Sucks’ sounds like The Clash meets The Ruts, with its Ian Curtisesqe vocals singing the minor keys of this tale of a talented lady. ‘Electric Eyes’ is the most nineties sounding track on the album with it’s lilting vocals expounding on the rhythm of the soul and the sights and sounds of the city, presumably Manchester. It reminds of some of Ian Brown’s solo work, such as, ‘My Star’. ‘Windowpane’ closes the album with an irreverent look through the glass that forms the eyes of any home. Discovering the edges of his world, our singer, Ben comes back to the reality of the two things that matter – ‘Love and Passion’.
A class album with a classic feel bringing back to life an insightful talent that shows it is never too late to knock ’em dead with the next song.
Visit the Facebook event page for details about the album launch show on 11th Oct.
All words by Philip Allen. More writing by Philip can be found here.