Album Review: Mike TV – “Sausage Hospital”
UK pop-punk quartet Mike TV have returned with their first full length album in 6 years. Never heard of ’em? Perhaps your familiar with their former incarnation Pickled Dick, or you’ve seen them supporting the likes of Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, Sonic Boom Six or Guttermouth. You might even recognise guitarist Jhon from his infamous appearance on Come Dine With Me (he got naked).
Previous releases under either guise have struggled to provide enough variety to rise above the sea of pop-punk mediocrity, so while Sausage Hospital may prove a little one dimensional in places, it is certainly their best release to date.
Following the 44 second choral (yes, choral) opening track Welcome!, is a saccharine-coated slab of pop-punk goodness in the form of Letting Go. With excellent bass work by bassist/vocalist Domb, it’s straightforward but super catchy. Tracks like Earworm, I Love Myself and I Want to Live and Vanilla Gorilla soon follow, and live up to this standard. Their sound – clearly influenced by the likes of Green Day, NOFX and Frenzal Rhomb – is both quirky and upbeat. When they’re on form, it’s impossible not to smile when listening to Mike TV.
Sadly though, the quality isn’t quite consistent throughout. Mike TV compensate for their lack of originality with catchiness and hooks-a-plenty, but tracks like Cool Wave Magnolia and Alcoholocaustic fall flat and fail to leave their mark.
Described by the band as “full of sick bangers”, Sausage Hospital is certainly their most accomplished release so far. While they’re never going to be pushing musical boundaries, Mike TV have their own brand of sugary, humour filled, hook laden, pop-punk, and Sausage Hospital finds them in generally good form.
Despite the odd mediocre track, Sausage Hospital is a good album. While “full of sick bangers” may be a little far, there are more than a few wieners here (sorry, couldn't resist) to make it worth checking out.