Viva Brother
Famous First Words


2.0
poor

Review

by Ali CONTRIBUTOR (130 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2011 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Slough upstarts try - and fail - to resurrect britpop's rotting corpse.

Although it may not have seemed so at the time, the implosion of Oasis in the summer of 2009 has turned out to be a watershed moment for British guitar music. No sooner had the Gallagher brothers come to blows than hordes of younger pretenders fought for their thrown and to fill the void they’d left in the britpop market. Results have been decidedly mixed; Some bands like Kasabian, for instance have significantly upped their game and are rightfully reaping the rewards, while a far larger group have found no such success, a just outcome based on the quality of their mundane music. Slough upstarts Viva Brother are sadly another name to add to the likes of General Fiasco and Twisted Wheel in the latter camp, not that they’d have you believe that, of course.

You see, using a tried and tested method perfected by the Gallaghers, the foursome have spent months talking themselves up, while unceremoniously dismissing practically every other act in the history of music as secondary. It’s a trait that’s almost as irritating as their tendency to pull faces in photo shoots, a practice that was hardly edgy when The Sex Pistols did it 35 years ago, and this along with such attitude has already gained them as many detractors as admirers. Like their heroes, they step well over the line between self-confidence and arrogance, but while Oasis (in the mid-nineties, at least) had era-defining anthems to back up their claims, Viva Brother quite simply don't, though that’s not at a want for trying.

No sir, Viva Brother have most certainly tried, so hard in fact that they’ve ripped off the britpop main players in virtually every way shape and form imaginable. The grit and energy on show is reminiscent of Definitely Maybe (though never channeled with the same effortless swagger), the guitar licks are pure Noel Gallagher (though not half as memorable), and singer Lee Newell even tries to twist his voice in a miserable attempt to replicate Liam Gallagher’s nasally tone. It’s plagiarism that’s as sickly as it is shameless, and makes for a record without so much as a single note that’s not firmly rooted back in the nineties. Nostalgia alone ain’t a bad thing, it’s when you forget the key ingredient – the great songs – that you begin encountering problems, and that ultimately is Famous First Words’ downfall.

In fairness, it’s not all bad news; Opener "New Year's Day" has a distinct whiff of Parklife-era Blur about it, and there are a couple of other nicely written hooks scattered among the album’s other nine songs. One decent song and a few occasional sparks, though, are nowhere near enough to prevent this debut from being a complete failure. Britpop as both a commercial and creative force died in the mid-nineties, and the demise of Oasis should have been the final nail in it’s long prepared coffin. Unfortunately, though, there are bands, like Viva Brother who seem unwilling to move on, and it’s the existence of music like theirs which is anchoring us in the past at a time when we should be gazing ahead with optimism.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
August 3rd 2011


7357 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Review originally written for http://www.muzikdizcovery.com/

Album's still streaming on their myspace, though I wouldn't recommend it.

Titan50
August 3rd 2011


4588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

So glad this sucks

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
August 3rd 2011


7357 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I think I know what you mean, sort of..

Adabelle
August 3rd 2011


4258 Comments


Reading this was very enjoyable, thank you.

Nomad
August 3rd 2011


247 Comments


Great review. I'm not the gloating type, but I'm kinda looking forward to this album bombing.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
August 3rd 2011


7357 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Might edit this just so I can get the phrase "loathsome little runts" in there somewhere.

Kiran
Emeritus
August 3rd 2011


6001 Comments


great work ali, i was hoping someone would weigh in on this. i couldn't sit through it.

iFghtffyrdmns
August 3rd 2011


7047 Comments


"Slough upstarts try - and fail - to resurrect britpop's rotting corpse."

well thank JESUS

Steoandnoodles
August 12th 2011


2832 Comments


Astonishingly bad.
Like; the type of music I would expect from a group of thirteen year olds after a week of
practise...less possibly.
I'm serious. =|

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
October 7th 2011


4507 Comments


Definitely Maybe in the RECs and a 2 rating? Damn, gonna check this out anyway.

patrickfannon
November 30th 2011


886 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This is fucking horible. I hope Liam kicks the shit out of these assholes for having the balls to so blatantly rip off Oasis. This is millions of miles worse than Oasis' pilfering of the Beatles catalogue; this sounds like a poor parody band, at best. Holllly shit. Please, Liam? Please kick these punters in the fooking teeth for me.

patrickfannon
November 30th 2011


886 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Here's a hilarious review of it: http://www.noripcord.com/reviews/music/viva-brother/famous-first-words

Highlight:
"The lyrics succeed. They succeed in being so painfully child-like, banal and turgid that suddenly reading the contents of a shampoo bottle is like clasping a copy of a signed first edition by Dostoevsky."

Lowlight:
"They are the same people who drunkenly scream at and hassle DJs for Oasis and Stone Roses in every bar they go to because in their world they are still bands that are not only still relevant but also somehow fundamental."

Those two bands still are fundamental, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with drunkenly "hassling" DJs to play Oasis and Stone Roses. Kids these days would be much better off listening to classics as opposed to bullshit dubstep or awful mainstream retard rap.



Steoandnoodles
November 30th 2011


2832 Comments


As long as kids aren't hassling DJs for Viva Brother we're okay. =)

patrickfannon
November 30th 2011


886 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Amen, Steo, amen.

Steoandnoodles
December 10th 2011


2832 Comments


Can we think of a better word than awful. How about whenever something is beyond awful; we say "Aw Viva Brother..."



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