Formed in their native Sheffield in 2006, Situationists have received much critical acclaim prior to this debut EP, notably from Radio 1's Steve Lamacq and XFM's John Kennedy. They have also found their way onto several compilations and showcase gigs. Their spiky, pacey brand of indie-pop is very much in vogue at the moment, with many local bands doing it very well (notably the more progressive Wintermute and fellow Sheffield band Rotary Ten). Judging by this (brilliantly packaged) disc, Situationists can add themselves to this elite group.
Every track on show here is wonderfully frenetic and gloriously melodic. The acapella intro to the title track has its tongue firmly in its cheek, but its intricate flowing guitar lines suggest there is more to this group than their cheeky backing vocals suggest. From the handclaps of Comprende! to the woops of We Are Weightless, it's all textbook stuff. Hey, it's been done to death, but when it's done this well, it's hard to care.
It's on the final track though, that Situationists really show their true potential. Whiskey and Water is the kind of beautifully atmospheric slice of new wave indie that Bloc Party would have been proud of before they turned, ahem, "Krunk".
By their own admission, their sound is very comparable to that of The Futureheads, but I feel this group's knack of writing well-structured, hook-laden pop songs suggests far wider ranging influences. This is a fine debut from a band that I expect to go far.