We wonder when pop/rock bands will tire of the Noble Savage imagery…
Iain Forrester: “Length of your skirts,” “you tease me with the things you do,” “I’ll try my best to behave but I won’t be tamed,” “I can tell that you’re wanting to.” The groove is strong as far as indie dance goes but not nearly strong enough to give the benefit of the doubt to the combined effect of those lyrics. As with Conor Maynard, the impression that they have stumbled unthinkingly into the role doesn’t actually help.
Katherine St Asaph: Among my least favorite campus traditions at Carolina was the inevitable spring editorial about the glorious Southern scenery, defined therein as girls in easily ogled sundresses. I gather this is the multimedia version.
Patrick St. Michel: A pretty good Friendly Fires impersonation, but why wouldn’t I just listen to Friendly Fires instead?
Anthony Easton: The falsetto, and how it ascends into those almost perfect woohoos, and the instrumental break, a percussion that sounds both familiar and alien — which is a difficult balance to achieve — and how the whole vocal speeds up to a kind of accelerated view of pleasure as identity. Weird that it works as a fall song, but in how it seems to race to get every single bit of work in before the cold slams into us, it seems more effective in October than June.
Will Adams: Is there an instrumental version?
Alfred Soto: The video made me expect Laura Branigan’s “Self Control,” Billy Ocean’s “Loverboy,” and other batshit offerings from the imperial pop year of 1984. The vocalist singing like Dave Wakeling with salmonella doesn’t help.
Brad Shoup: They’ve got half the UK press smearing paint on their faces, I’ll give ‘em that. “Skirts” is like a Bag Raiders song that wants to take over the world. Most of the rave/percussive elements they toss out actually stick, and I love the yelping chorus. Shame it’s so rapey. Such a shame.
Sabina Tang: MGMT have a lot to answer for, but I love PiL’s “Warrior” too much to be able to hate this, despite not having encountered a music video this douchey in some time (if it didn’t contain a Jägermeister product placement I would have invented one).
Jonathan Bogart: Not to infringe on Katherine’s copyright, but NOPE.