LR Rockets – Renee Loves Losers / OK Let’s Talk
London’s LR Rockets play new wave-inspired electro-indie in a style that’s pretty popular right now. As always this is a hit and miss situation; they have a lot of potential fans out there, but they’ll have to clamour to get themselves noticed amongst hordes of all-too-derivative bands. In fairness to this quintet, however, they’ve got a knack for a catchy up-tempo tunes and I can see the a-side track ‘Renee Loves Losers’ going down well on a hundred indie rock dancefloors.I dig the 70s-style UK punk guitar work as well; reminds me faintly of the Vibrators and their ilk. B-side ‘OK Let’s Talk’ jumps out less immediately but it’s got a similarly frantic vocal delivery and a neat refrain in the chorus.
Apparently the band have already toured with The Horrors and Of Montreal so if they continue writing catchy tunes I can see them doing well for themselves. I’m not blown away myself and, despite the hooky, well-polished nature of the tunes, I wish there was a little more depth, rawness or passion on display to elevate LR Rockets above their legion contemporaries. Horses for courses: if a guitar band rocking it disco-style floats your boat, you may want to check these fellas out.