Wednesday, 19 September 2012

SJI: Eight For A Fiver - reviews and reaction

Is there anything more grimly onanistic than desperately searching on Google for people who might be talking about you? Possibly not, but nevertheless, that is the job and purpose of this blog- to document the ongoing travails of the ongoing, multi-decade, multi-media meta-project that is St. James Infirmary.

So it was that last night I set about searching for public response and reaction to Eight For A Fiver, our new single. Mostly what I found was links to this blog, but there were enough sparkly bits within the silt to keep me going.

Firstly, this review is from The Manifesto website:

You’re not the one I’ve been waiting for’ has a heartfelt and selfish lyrical ambience, as it describes a man’s pain of finding a women whom isn’t his dream, this accompanied with the hypnotic acoustics and sombre vocals, lets the listener identify with the track.  ‘EIght for a Fiver’ is a more uplifting record, the school children chatter at its beginning creates an innocent base with the Libertines esk instrumentals and a Morrissey sounding vocal, are chaperoned by a brass section at the latter end of the chorus to culminate a mesmerising  record with diversity.

Secondly, this review is by Ruth Lawson:

St. James Infirmary - Eight For A Fiver

PUNKY fun rock takes centre stage in Eight For A Fiver which plods along happily and shows that St James Infirmary aren't ones to take themselves too seriously.

The track examines the availability of eight cans of lager for pounds 5 and the impact it has on the community and that pretty much sums up what you can expect lyrically.

But instrumentally the group, which is the brainchild of singer-songwriter GW Lang, knock out powerful and precise beats that culminate in a catchy tune that would easily get a moshpit worked up.

You'll like this if you're a fan of: Buzzcocks

And then I found these. I don't know what personal charts are, if I'm honest, but they seem fun and there's some tracks I need to check out myself. Plus, you know, for probably the only time ever, SJI and Bob Dylan appear on the same chart:

Here's the first by Haven.

and another here by KingB.

King B's playlist is available on Spotify - check it out!

Thanks all!

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