Album Reviews: The Speedways – “Just Another Regular Summer”
Formed from the ashes of Nottingham pop-punks The Breakdowns, The Speedways seem to have been attracting quite a bit of good press in their short existence so far. Happy to report on the evidence of this, their debut album, it’s very much justified.
Quite simply, Just Another Regular Summer takes the power pop template that The Breakdowns were aiming towards and well and truly nails it. The album this reminds me of the most is Stiv Bators’ underrated Disconnected album from his post-Dead Boys pre-Lords of The New Church era when he was channelling the power pop and 60s garage rock sounds of his youth to excellent effect, but you’ll hear echoes of everyone from The Boys through The Barracudas and Generation X right up to The Biters and Ryan Hamilton in the 35 minutes of Just Another Regular Summer.
While the likes of All I Want and Don’t Tell Me are the sort of pop-punk pin-missiles you might be expecting, Just Another Regular Summer is so much more than that – the yearning title track and the heartfelt In Her Life are great slices of tuneful honesty that you just don’t seem to get much any more in modern music, and are all the better for it. That’ll Be The Day The Earth Stood Still sounds like The Ramones in one of their more thoughtful measured moments, while “Tonight You’ll Find Love” just nails the whole air of nervous excitement of getting ready for a night out at a gig or club, and all the hopes and fears of how well or terribly it could go perfectly. Lonely Girl and Double Shot Of You are similarly high standard before Reunion In The Rain signs this one off way too soon.
The blurb on the Speedways’ Facebook page states “One album. One gig. The end.” On this evidence though, I really hope they stick around a bit longer than that because this is debut album that well and truly exceeds expectations to come up with something genuinely great. Buy it now from the group’s Bandcamp page (link here) and get that soundtrack to your summer sorted nice and early.
Power pop perfection. Just Another Regular Summer takes its nods from all the best revved-up tunesmiths of the last half century and blends them together to create a perfect soundtrack to those warm summer nights sitting on the wall outside the rock club drinking beer with your mates. Get this album, go see them at their upcoming gig at the Finsbury pub next month and pray that they stick around for a bit longer. On this evidence, it'd be a crying shame if they didn't.