I get a sick confusion headache trying to figure out who's right. power pop * punk * emo * indie rock * shoegazer
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Mega City Four - Magic Bullets (1993)
Although Mega City Four frontman, Darren "Wiz" Brown outlived his band's fourth album, Magic Bullets, by some 13 years, one gets the sense that on a certain level, this was his artistic nadir. The album was a far cry from the manic punk-pop of Tranzaphobia and their early singles, but a logical progression from 1992's Sebastopol Road. That record introduced a more delicate, contemplative template that Mega City Four's British contemporaries in the Brit-Pop, Madchester, and shoegazer scenes were all but ignorant to. All the better, because MagicBullets is a favorite of many, if not most die-hard MC4 fans. And while it may lack the visceral thrust of their early material, "Wallflower," "President," and ''Toys" convey the kind of bittersweet pathos that so many of the Brit-plop hopefuls of MC4's era could hold a candle to. Not that they'd even try to of course."I saw myself burning with passion, aching for the world" - Wiz Indeed.