Figgs
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Low-Fi At Society High , 6/10
Banda Macho , 6/10
Couldn't Get High , 5/10
Sucking In Stereo , 6/10
Slow Charm , 5/10
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The Figgs, formed by guitarist Mike Gent and bassist Pete Donnelly in upstate New York, debuted (on a few home-made cassettes) as a punk-rock band with a sense of humours (as opposed to the desperate/angry strain), but the single Happy (1992) had already proven their melodic talent.

When they finally released a CD, Low-Fi At Society High (Imago, 1994), the Figgs had mutated into a power-pop outfit with ditties like Favorite Shirt, Chevy Nova and Bus and a sound that borrowed from British pub-rock of the late 1970s (Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Graham Parker).

Unfortunately, they tried a little too hard and Banda Macho (Capitol, 1996) sounds like a shameful sellout.

The 30-minute album Couldn't Get High (Au Go Go, 1998) returned to form, with an impressive, compact set of catchy tunes.

Sucking In Stereo (Hearbox, 2000) is a varied effort that could be a summary of their career, ranging from the hummable Opening Night to the pub-rock of The Daylight Strong and Gonna Get Out to the punk-rock of Dance Lesson and The Wrong Chord.

On Slow Charm (Hearbox, 2003) the Figgs are still straddling the line between pub-rock and power-pop (Metal Detector) with impeccable musicianship and honest devotion.

Their imitation of Joe Jackson and Graham Parker is never a parody. In fact most of Follow Jean Through the Sea (Gern Blandsten, 2007) sounds like a better version of the pub-rock that inspired them (Regional Hits, Jumping Again).

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Luca Criscuoli)

I Figgs, formati dal chitarrista Mike Gent e dal bassista Pete Donnelly nel Nord dello stao di New York, hanno debuttato (in alcune cassette fatte in casa) come un gruppo punk-rock con il senso dell’umorismo (come contrasto alla tensione disperazione/rabbia), ma il singolo Happy (1992) aveva anche provato il loro talento melodico.

Quando hanno realizzato infine un CD, , Low-Fi At Society High (Imago, 1994), i Figgs si erano trasformati in un gruppo power-pop con canzoncine come Favorite Shirt, Chevy Nova e Bus e una sonorità presa in prestito dal pub-rock Britannico dei tardi anni ’70 (Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Graham Parker).

Sfortunatamente, ci hanno provato con troppa forza e Banda Macho (Capitol, 1996) suona come una vergognosa svendita.

L’album di 30 minuti Couldn't Get High (Au Go Go, 1998) ritorna con un’impressionante, compatto insieme di motivetti orecchiabili.

Sucking In Stereo (Hearbox, 2000) è uno sforzo vario che potrebbe essere un riassunto della loro carriera, spaziando dalla canticchiabile Opening Night al pub-rock di The Daylight Strong e Gonna Get Out,al punk-rock di Dance Lesson e The Wrong Chord.

Su Slow Charm (Hearbox, 2003) i Figgs continuano a esitare tra pub-rock e power-pop (Metal Detector) con impeccabile abilità musicale e onesta dedizione.

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