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Reviewed on 28th July 2006.



By 4 Letter Holiday

It would be great if bands could review their own demos for a week or two. I wonder what kind of press-pack garbage would be submitted?

'The band harnesses raw talent with pop sensibilities' could be the studious approach. Or what about the naïve approach, 'Get these guys a record deal... RIGHT NOW!' Then there's the bullshit approach, '500 copies of the EP were sold in the first fortnight, and it's easy to see why'.

There are so many clichés to avoid whilst writing. Like almost everything, it has probably been done before. Bare this in mind.

So what would 4 Letter Holiday write to describe their 'Undecided' demo? I can but hazard a guess, but it would probably be something a little like this:

'4 Letter Holiday are Jon Spencer on his way to a Led Zeppelin convention; armed to the teeth with 'Sonic Flower Groove'-era Primal Scream riffs and baying for the blood of Bush et al.'

A decent effort I'd say. Dramatic yet understated. Appeals to the right audience. Doesn't stray too far from the truth. You can use that on your website if you like guys.

In all honesty though, 4 Letter Holiday are quite dull. The same Cock-Rock riffs are churned out, only with new hands and updated lyrics. I'm not a fan of Blues and particularly not Pub-Blues; it's just been done to death.

This is a band you might see playing on the back of a wagon at 'The Dog & Ale' on an insipid July Sunday. Locals tap along whilst children named 'GerEreYaLirrelBastard' run riot in concrete Beer Gardens/Car Parks. Leather-clad relics stop to admire the new breed of Rockers, and Landlords count the cash.

A depressing image, I'm sure you'll agree.

This demo was a chore to listen to, just as this review has been a tribulation to write. So now it ends.

Mr Dreg to you.



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On 28th July 2006 at 23:04 Anonymous 4871 wrote...

What drivvel "Dreg". Who got you to review that disc? The equivalent of getting Margret Thatcher to to Judge a Thai Boxing Match.
Go back to your Arctic Monkeys (and Razorlight). Comedian.


On 29th July 2006 at 12:13 Anonymous 5851 wrote...

Brilliant and honest review i thought,
thats not biased at all by the arse lickingness of the lms clique.


On 29th July 2006 at 13:59 Anonymous 3667 wrote...

Dregs liking Artic Monkeys and Razorlight? M'whahahahahahaahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahha. Jings. At least it's good to see that people can take a dose of healthy, liberal criticism on the chin.


On 29th July 2006 at 19:05 Anonymous 5619 wrote...

Arctic Monkeys (and yes, even Razorlight) are quite blatently better than 4 Letter Holiday.


On 30th July 2006 at 10:05 Anonymous 5852 wrote...

Having listened to 4lh i agree with the review. They are a boring dull band. Dont get me wrong i love led zep and that sort of music but when its done right... ala the answer/Wolf mother. And as for the arctic monkeys and razorlight, Atleast they have a bit on sparkle.


On 31st July 2006 at 10:55 Anonymous 1737 wrote...

Thanks for the compliments. - Christian - 4 Letter Holiday.


On 4th August 2006 at 12:33 Anonymous 4871 wrote...

like to point out I'm not connected with 4LH, but I've got the Undecided EP, and that review does not justify a good piece of work. As for the Arctic Monkey's comment I was merely incinuating that "Dreggers" would be more 'at home' surrounded by a more light-hearted genre



On 4th August 2006 at 16:49 Anonymous 5873 wrote...

Spot on review.


On 7th August 2006 at 12:10 Anonymous 4913 wrote...

You should read my profile before commenting on my listening habits.


On 7th August 2006 at 16:37 Anonymous 1737 wrote...

Only one of the songs is a rip of the Bush administration. That would be the one called Only in America which borrows from the Beach Boys and turns it around.

The others are a bit more social than that. Undecided about having to work for a living and looking for security in a job. Lonely Roads I wrote about my dad when he was on his death bed and She Always Notices Me is about a girl I used to know.

The review reads a little sarcastic and maybe scathing but it's fair enough from a person that hasn't taken much time to listen to it.

Pub rock is a spot on comment because that's how we make our money. We mix a few of our own songs with covers ranging from Jimmy Hendrix to Madonna and play in pubs.


On 11th August 2006 at 13:17 Anonymous 1737 wrote...

Ryan - you used to like us before I made a comment on your half an octave voice.



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