EP Review: Viva Le Pink – London Crawlin’
Dropping the pop star alter ego and taking on the new mantle of ‘Viva Le Pink’, the girl we used to know as Kiria returns to your ears this autumn with this curveball of an EP. London Crawlin’ certainly moves on from what you used to know her for, but the overall remains unmistakably Kiria, in the way that only she can be.
The slick sweet sheen of the Radio album remains, but this time it’s layered onto some fairly high-class psycho/rockabilly tunes, her own guitar parts backed by the double-bass stylings of Phil ‘Doyley’ Doyle, of Klingonz and Zorchmen fame. And just to make sure you’re still paying attention, there’s even Terry Edwards from The Specials on horns.
The subject matter is, of course, pure Kiria – passing through Hell Kitties to hallucinated pink elephants and crocodiles (although, the elephant is real, I’ve seen it – watch out for it at shows) and a world of slightly surreal double-meanings, like on the swinging love song, Queen of Jack.
The rockabilly scene is notoriously hard to feed something a bit different, but Kiria has here got a pretty credible chance to with Viva Le Pink, as well as giving the rest of us some pretty damn good rocking and rolling tunes at the same time.