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Album Review: Blackout Cowboy by Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam

Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam release their new album Blackout Cowboy on 9th November via By The Time It Gets Dark. Early lo-fi offerings in the form of two EPs, a self-titled album, and a Halloween single secured the then three-piece a regular spot on the Birmingham music scene, as well as frequent invites to towns and cities up and down the country. A couple of increases in headcount (most recently Junior Laidley on keyboards and percussion) and the purple patch writing sessions around Blackout Cowboy (100+ songs) have allowed the band to move away from the lo-fi aesthetic they once adhered to, and are now able to work the same unique approach to songwriting into an ever expanding range of hooks, riffs and drones that fill any room they play.

The line up comprises of ex-members of Distophia / Calories and Junior from Johnny Foreigner, so they have the pedigree to create a brilliant indie-rock power-pop record. So far it hasn’t really clicked for the band. Their debut was good, but it didn’t live up to expectations, does Blackout Cowboy right the wrongs?

Yes and no.

It’s definitely a better record and it showcases the band at their strongest so far. It’s an enjoyable record, with the raucous power pop of opener ‘Running From A Ghost’, the Weezer-esque tones of ‘Mrs JR Hartley’ and the marching indie-pop bluster of ‘Mind Control’ being particular highlights. The latter is special – equally their most immediate and most experimental track on the album it hints at the genuine talent and quality at the heart of the band. Recent single ‘Meatloaf To The Camera’ is also a worthy mention.

However, it’s all a little forgettable. Sure, you’ll enjoy the short and snappy listen, but you won’t want to rush back. It’s a step forward, but not the leap that was required.

AD Rating 6/10

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