By The Parkinsons
It doesn't seem like yesterday that I reviewed and interviewed four guys for Mean Fiddler. Riotous exhibitionists, yet the nicest guys you're ever going to meet out behind the scenes, they were out on a day trip to prop up the Saturday morning third-stage festivities at Leeds Festival, and the 'Fiddler, whatever their reasons, didn't publish any of it. Ok, so they ended up naked on stage, and were rumoured to have been involved in clashes in Reading the day before, but that's just them, and you can't deny a band who strive to relive 70's punk rebellions and fuse sleazy rock'n'roll noise with melody with more noise, their deserved spotlight; after all, we're really sick of the trad acoustic guitar strumming that has belittled the indie scene of late, give us some fucking attitude! Since that day, you can't have heard enough about the sickly named (for vox see: Al Zheimer) Portuguese-moved-to-London rock band that is The Parkinsons and their debut mini-album and single "Bad Girl" (which also features as an unlisted eighth track) - "She's a bad girl, She's a bad girl, With nothing to do", repeats Afonso. A tentative riff to "Primitive" soon gives way to classic Parkinsons energy and the stage is set for half an hour of a Stooges meets Pistols adrenaline packed intensity: "Oh Baby, it's a long way to nowhere". Relive the disaster that was the tour of 2002 (with Ikara Colt and The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster) and get yourself this mini-album now!