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Hardly Mozart - One For The Road
Reviewed by Ben on 20th September 2006
Can the world stomach another pop/punk act? Yellowcard, Papa Roach, Alien Ant Farm and a whole host of other acts that at one point swarmed the music genre, which ultimately got knocked off by emo (and hell, emo music got front-page publication from the NME last week!). However, far from stomaching upcoming acts of the aforementioned genre, one could be forgiven for embracing Hardly Mozart, Norwichâ€™s five piece alternative outfit. From winning a competition allowing them to have a video produced by the BBC, through to appearances on various television networks, they somehow have written a song that could be construed as a guilty pleasure â€" a zeitgeist to the post nu-metal era.
And a guilt pleasure it is â€" even the most hardened fan of niche sub-genres in the alternative world would find themselves nodding along to the melodies being wielded by the guitarists, with stupidly catchy lyrics from a pop-esque band since Mean+Flowerâ€™s People On The TV.
Touching wood as always, thereâ€™s high hopes for the album, Whatever Happened To Jago being consistently as good as the strength of this single.