*Knock, knock*. Who’s there? It’s 2017 and it’s time to wake up, you lazy cretins. Hammering on the door of chez Green Buzzard with such platitudes would likely bring about at least two reactions. One: scrambling to hit the ‘off’ switch on The Charlatans’ Greatest Hits playing on the CD player; and two: fear on such an unprecedented level that their already significant desire to die and be reincarnated in the pop landscape of 1995 would be multiplied many times.
You see, Green Buzzard are a band so scared of now that their brand of indie-pop, although masquerading under the guise of being faithful/respectful/reverent to the lineage, could be tossed into any or all of the piles of irredeemable turgidity floating aimlessly in the cesspools of the mainstream.
Ten tracks pass by in a blur of guitar-pop lightness: ‘Tear My Heart Away’, ‘Space Control’ and ‘Hypnotized’ are perhaps the most tedious. While ‘Never Let Me Go’ and ‘IDWK’ have some redeemable moments, the jaw-aching yawns begin with lead single ‘Do You Ever Glow’ and the Buzzard quickly loses it buzz.
If postponing the future by suckling at the festering teat of Britpop is your thing, get your sickly, bleeding gums around this.
Space Man Rodeo is out Friday March 3 through I Oh You.