Thursday, November 29, 2012

MP3 REVIEW: The Wiggins “When the saints go marching in and other 4 track recordings”

The WigginsWhen the saints go marching in and other 4 track recordings
<1> “When the Saints Go Marching In” - The first of these five songs is the title track, which is an interesting rendition of a classic but what you would probably expect from The Wiggins. 
<2> “Diboll Days”- This song has a midi keyboard sound to it.  It’s somewhat poppy, if only by poppy I mean upbeat.   It’s not quite The Rentals, but I’m not quite sure how to classify it.   Given the title of the EP, you can tell it is obviously lo-fi.
<3> “Painting” – Here we have a bit more fast paced and dare I say angrier song.  It’s something between Cafeteria Dance Fever and The Velvet Underground, so do with that what you will.   This song also just sort of randomly cuts off at the end.
<4> “Bigfoot” – Still lo-fi, sure, but now we get a bit closer to the 1960’s rock you should know from bands like Shannon and the Clams and Hunx and His Punx.  Maybe if they stick with this style, the Wiggins should change their name to Somebody & the Wiggins, since that seems to be the trend here.  Although, they do have some slightly different sounds from Buddy Holly as we get further into the track.  And now he’s actually singing a bunch of “yeah yeah”s and then “bigfoot”, which means this will become the official theme song of my APE MAN comic strip should it ever go the way of Dilbert The Boondocks and become an animated series.
<5> “Flood” – This is a mix of the last three songs, where it’s not really poppy, there aren’t the keys, it’s heavy on the bass but is still lo-fi and somewhat verges on ‘60’s rock n roll but isn’t. 
                Overall, I feel like this is the type of thing where you would find these songs on some old 7” record and not really know about them until years later.   I could see one of these songs (Your pick) as a b-side to the title track on a 7” single and then the other three songs… I don’t know, but they could either become b-sides to other 7” singles or… What if there were four different versions of this 7” single put out with the main song being “When the Saints Go Marching In” and then each of the other songs as a b-side?  You’d get the main song four times, but it’d be a pretty neat thing, you know, press 1000 copies and have 250 with a different b-side.    But I’m not a record label, you know… hahaha.

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