The Young Knives
Weekends And Bleak Days (Hot Summer)
"Hot summer.what a bummer.pull a sickie.do a runner."
Never has a truer opening couplet been put to verse.
With 2006 vastly becoming renowned as being the year of the heatwave this song is quite an appropriate, almost anti-celebration of everything most Brits would like to equate with the summertime weather but normally end up having to fly to the Costa del Cheap to experience.
As usual with The Young Knives, its more of the usual choppy chords and excitable vocals courtesy of the Dartnall brothers which suggests their younger days in Ashby-De-La-Zouch must have been spent reciting the entire back catalogue of XTC.
Bonus tracks 'Guess The Baby's Weight' and 'The Worcestershire Madman' sound like Blur on a secret post-punk mission and 21st Century Syd Barrett respectively, while 'Silence Is Golden' is a more introspective, tranquil affair (by their usual standards anyway).
Loses a point for the fact it's a re-release, but then it should have been a hit first time round and the guys from Transgressive normally tend to get it right so.