Lover Lamp – Country Police
I’ve heard many people complain that somewhere around the 2000s, rock music began taking itself too seriously. Many of the guitar songs that made it onto the charts were about suffering, addiction, and the inevitability of meeting a quick demise.
Still, rock and slapstick comedy have always gone good together. It goes as back as the Beatles and the mop-top quartet played up their British Marx Brothers shtick through a series of charming but inane movies. The last decades have seen many punk groups, the likes of Bowling for Soup or Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, use parody rock as a great marketing tool.
If you’re into that and really, really anxious for a good time, I don’t see any reason you would not enjoy Lover Lamp’s Country Police. The tune sort of sounds like a band mockingly playing an AC/DC number. It also contains a story of a futuristic country music star getting hassled because of her greatness. Look, if you can laugh at your dad’s jokes, you can make an effort for this one. There’s a lot of hurt to this band, and I betcha they’re a fun lot to hear live.
Hallan – Orwell’s Idyllic Future
The studies suggest that most people who quote George Orwell or make references to the nihilistic future he predicted have not actually read his oeuvre. This is a shame because above the interests of the true disciples of Orwell, and his essential work includes two small books. One is a children’s book working as a clever metaphor for communism, Animal’s Farm. The other is the dystopian fiction of 1984.
Now, did Orwell actually predict the future correctly? Sure, but he also relied heavily on the word’s present circumstances to draw those horrific scenes of manipulation and mind control. While the former British police officer believed technology would help those in power in carrying out their deeds, he was essentially describing the rigid state of affairs across much of the countries of the world living under a dictatorship.
Hallan’s Orwell’s Idyllic Future is a post-punk track with plenty of character. Keeping with the original spirit of punk, the tune does not mince words. We are living in a post-Orwellian world, sure, and there’s little reason to hope for the best. What is worst, we’ve done it to ourselves. Hallan has a knack for capturing the menace and violence of an uncaring world. One of the most interesting post-punk bands to come out of England in a while.