Album Review: Drama Club Rejects – “Drama Club Rejects”
Featuring former Almighty/Supercharger frontman Nick Parsons and ex-Wildhearts/Jellys drummer Stidi (both of whom have previously collaborated in mid-’90s Britrock almost-weres Whatever), Drama Club Rejects are a band who’ve arrived on the scene with a pretty good pedigree, and their debut album is pretty much everything that you’d expect. Which isn’t a bad thing at all.
What we’re dealing with here is solid, riffed-up Britrock with big choruses and plenty of attitude. Those who enjoy listening to the likes of Baby Chaos and 3 Colours Red should find plenty to get their teeth into with the driving likes of King of 2nd Chances, 1 Day Week, Idiot Parade and Destination Anybody all ticking the right boxes in terms of big riffs and chantalong hooks. There’s even a hint of groups like Kitty Hudson and Zen Motel in terms of the whole “up and at ’em” attitude here which is definitely a good thing.
For the most part, this is a fairly straightforward album, but the punk fury of Kickin’ A Hole and the more laid-back Homesick Alien do prove that they can vary the pace up a little bit. While they won’t win any awards for originality, there’s no denying that Drama Club Rejects are definitely very effective at what they do, and sometimes that’s worth a lot more than some people will tell you.
It's not exactly the world's most unpredictable album, but this is good solid riffed-up old school Britrock that you often wish a few more bands nowadays still did. Drama Club Rejects have come up with a good set of songs here which should go down well in the live environment, and hopefully they'll be with us for the long haul on this evidence.