Record Reviews


As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was lying on his hard ?? as it were armour-plated – back, and when he lifted his head a little he could see his domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments, on top of which the bed quilt could hardly stay in place and was about to slide off completely. His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes.

SPOD’s co-founder Peejay, a very close friend of Mr Samsa and regular high-tea guest, happened to notice this ungainly transformation and documented it through song, one in particular, which he entitled ?Ladybug?; a sweet, two minute, simplistically recorded acoustic lament to the depressing dilemma of bugdom. The second track of SPOD’s limited edition 7? release Aminals, ?Ladybug? seems such an odd choice for inclusion. Or rather, it would, were it not on a SPOD record.

Pinning SPOD to a single genre is impossible ?? and fucking thank God for that, there’s little more boring than a singular genre-sitter, a species in such abundance of late – and this EP is testament to that. It’s layered and different, some would say eclectic but we won’t be that pretentious. It’s interesting, and above all it’s fun.

The opener, ?Cats!?, sounds like a kitten mimicking a mouse, meowing through a Nintendo (and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if that may actually be it) while marching on a drum machine with the help of Mr Moog. It’s outrageously cute and an incredibly catchy tune. Contrast this with a cover of 2 Live Crew’s ?We Want Some Pussy?, a crude and sleazy rampage of unabashed and unashamed misogyny and phallocentrism with a call-and-answer chorus that will no doubt be employed to great effect in live shows. For the uninitiated, this track may take a few listens to appreciate – I must admit that as much as I may secretly enjoy it now, I absolutely detested it upon first listen.

Purely on the basis of this EP, I can unequivocally state that I have absolutely no idea what SPOD’s next album may sound like. None at all. Purely on the basis of this EP, however, I can’t wait.