Serious Young Insects didn't seem to make a huge dent in their homeland, and you can write off the States entirely. After checking out the video for "Be Patient" (featured below) a feature track on Housebreaking, I became an instant convert, falling prey to it's plush, power-pop by way of tasteful new wave maneuvers...and a devastating hook that most bands would sacrifice a collective left nut for. As for the video, "Be Patient" would have been quintessential MTV fodder of it's era, slotting in perfectly amidst a myriad of genius one-hit-wonders, but again, the album and single failed to make it stateside. My theory? Things might have gone in the Insects favor had Epic not been flexing all of it's marketing muscle behind Men at Work, but I digress
The trio's Myspace bio stresses that with it's über-slick production, Housebreaking failed to serve SYI justice stacked up against their live performances, which from the sound of it were plenty potent. Sonically, the record's rich, state-of-the-art sound is still a pleasure to listen to, and perhaps even edgier that I'm leading on, but the songwriting is woefully deficient. Despite receiving lyrical input from all three Insects, many, if not a full half of the cuts dotting Housebreaking's landscape are demonstrably underwritten and/or laden with half baked ideas that had yet to fully gestate. One egregious example is "I Want Cake," which for most lesser bands wouldn't even qualify as a b-side. In it's entirety, Housebreaking is still an impressive listen, just a bit frustrating in the lyrical department. To my knowledge there are at least three SYI singles floating around out there (which I'd love to hear along with any unreleased studio material), and the group's Myspace page has five additional cuts (some live) that can be streamed. If anyone cares to chime in about the Insects, comment as you see fit. A big shout out goes to George for sending me these files.
01. Faraway Places
03. I Want Cake
04. Parents Go Mental
05. I Don't Know
06. Be Patient
10. Why Can't I Control My Body