I am not the only person annoyed by incorrect apostrophe usage, and I have a feeling I'm not the only one annoyed by the nomenclature behind Scottish band The Hussy's. When it comes to their mini-album We Expected, I am quick to forgive them of that annoyance; grammatical peeve aside, everything else about the record is utterly perfect. It's easy to see why their previous releases--which this Japanese collection compiles--have earned them critical raves.
Where, then, to begin? Lead singer Fili sounds a lot like the Cardigans' Nina Persson, and her backing band possesses the utterly rare ability to replicate every righteous element of every good British band for the past two decades--but they turn every melody, every note, and every idea into something quite original. It's hard not to be won over by the wonderfully crunchy guitars of the title track, and the jingle-jangle one-two power-pop punch of "Please Don't Call Me At Home" and "Napoleon Dynamite" only seals my instant love and obsession. They also do mellow and downbeat, as heard on "Friends Re-United" and "Sunday Morning." The one song, though, that has me hitting the repeat button over and over and over is "Tiger," a song in heavy consideration for the most addictive song of 2007. That the song is two years old is no matter.
It might take a bit of a search to find their record, but We Expected is a record well worth the search. Though 2007 is coming to a close, it's really not unrealistic to say that 2008 very well could be The Hussy's year.
Listen To: "Tiger"
The Hussy's EP, We Expected, is out now on Quince Records
Labels: The Hussys, Unsigned but Wonderful