It’d probably be fair to call ‘Spent The Afternoon’ a “summer record”,
laden as it is with all the bounce and melodic immediacy, not to mention
vacuity, implied by such a label.
Not that the latter is necessarily a bad thing.
Same as all self-respecting twee-inclined songwriters, Full Ugly’s Nathan Burgess treats shallowness as something of a virtue.
Accordingly, the record’s shabby indie pop locates profundity in the meek and mundane: going to town to run some errands is deemed suitable subject matter for a chorus.
And that’s fine in its way, just don’t get him started on watering the plants or opening the fridge, or you’ll probably find all this hypersensitivity
‘Spent The Afternoon’’s cutesiness can be traced back to the likes of Beat
Happening, even if the chiming guitars and youthful straining of
Burgess’ vocals owe as much to ‘Lies’-era New Order.
And whilst the prevalence of such reference points shouldn’t be taken to be a deficiency in itself, the fact that none of these
comparisons are particularly favourable probably should.
Rewind to 2010 and the band weren’t feeling so content.
In an intense seven-day blitz, they recorded their fourth album, ‘We Were Exploding Anyway’, and although it marked a more overt step towards the electronic
side of the group’s split dynamic, record label troubles set them back in
more ways than one.
Wolinski explains: “The last proper record we did before ‘Wild Light’ was ‘We Were Exploding
Anyway’ and we didn’t have the greatest relationship with the label
[Hassle] because it felt like they dropped the ball quite a lot.
It also felt like we had to work really hard just to maintain the ground we’d already made instead of taking advantage of the exposure of moving to a new label.
It was a bad experience and we happily avoided the music industry for a few years.
Then in those few years everything got harder and things like touring have become more expensive so we were very apprehensive about re-entering the industry.
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