Album Review: Electric Eel Shock – “Sugoi Indeed”
If there’s one thing most of us reviewers have learnt down the years, it’s that the Japanese tend to take a very different approach to rock ‘n’ roll than we do. As anyone who remembers the 5-6-7-8’s, Mika Bomb or EZO will no doubt tell you.
But anyway, you’ve got to give Electric Eel Shock credit for being interesting if nothing else – seriously, who else can you think of who’d post up a load of videos on Youtube dedicated to the noble art of rock ‘n’ roll fishing? And amazingly they seem to have actually topped this on “Sugoi Indeed” with the track “MDB”, an ode to…wait for it…rock ‘n’ roll mountain biking! No doubt the videos are being posted online as we speak…
Joking aside though, there’s plenty to recommend about “Sugoi Indeed”. Admittedly, English isn’t EES’ first language and a good few of these songs are sung in Japanese but there’s something undeniably fun about the lurching ZZ Top boogie underpinning “Mr Toad” or seeing them gleefully stomp all over the riff to “You Really Got Me” on “Nobody Knows”. And, really, how can you honestly dislike a band who have a song called “No Shit Sherlock”?
All in all, “Sugoi Indeed” is 30 minutes of good life-affirming (if somewhat indecipherable at times) rock ‘n’ roll which is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. And that’s all you want really. Recommended.