You know those YouTube videos where some nerdy boffin type people drop Mentos into bottles of Coke and generate enough fizz to launch rockets? Well, imagine if someone could come up with the musical equivalent. Imagine guitar driven pop rock with enough bounce and fizz to power the whole of Yorkshire. Imagine a hundred mile an hour head on collision between Terrorvision and The Wildhearts, infusing infectious cheekiness with anthemic chorus lines…
Well, imagine no more because Chris Catalyst and crew have already turned the imagination into reality, and with Eureka Machines‘ second album “Champion The Underdog”, we could have the perfect soundtrack to your Summer.
Chris Catalyst already had an impressive CV; a CV that includes: “fretboard fondling for The Sisters Of Mercy“, “being an absolute nutter as Robochrist“, “strumming along with Ginger/The Wildhearts“, “thumbing the low notes for Mariachi El Bronx” amongst others. Now with Eureka Machines, he and his suitably daftly named counterparts (Davros, Pete Human and Wayne Insane) have a stonkingly addictive fun unit, with a cracking second release to their name.
Hurling into title track ‘Champion The Underdog’ the scene is set. Solid rhythms, catchy guitar riffs, infectious choral harmonies and smile inducing lyrics. Who else could get away with paying homage to John Lennon, Basil Fawlty and Fred Dibnah in the course of one verse? But that is exactly what Eureka Machines is all about. They show there really is no point in taking yourselves too seriously, and by the end of the second track ‘These Are The People Who Live At My House’, you are completely hooked with the saccharine coated, effervescent, chirpy rock that these guys are throwing out.
Eureka Machines have a winning formula that they want to bring to the table, the fun, bop and bounce ricochets through this album. Everything feels comfortable and familiar, and at every turn there is something that reminds you of something else. We cant help but be reminded of the likes of Honeycrack with ‘Magnets’, and it’s Blink 182 meets Billy Joel for ‘(I’m) Wasting Time (Yet Again)’.
The production is excellent, (as you would expect from Catalyst himself, and in particular when paired with Jase Edwards) and the whole album is punchy and addictive. There’s nothing massively complicated in front of us here, it’s a simple formula of clever harmonies, big tunes served up in pocket sized chunks… apart from the rather epic ‘Zero Hero’ clocking in at a whopping 8 mins 25 seconds.
It’s a cracking release, a worthy addition to any collection. It ticks a myriad of boxes, from anthemic to power-pop. If you like it skitty, fun and pogo-esque then these cheeky reprobates have the perfect album for you. It’s the musical equivalent of that “off your tits sugar rush” following the big Easter egg binge. Buy and enjoy.
Catch Eureka Machines on Tour on the following dates:
Saturday 30 April 2011 – Live At Leeds 2011
Thursday 4 May 2011 – The Mad Ferret, Preston
Friday 5 May 2011 – Retro Bar, Manchester
Saturday 6 May 2011 – The Belle Vue, Blackpool
Sunday 7 May 2011 – The Leopard, Doncaster
Wednesday 11 May 2011 – The Thunderbolt, Bristol
Thursday 12 May 2011 – The Borderline, London
Friday 13 May 2011 – Wight Rock Bar, Isle Of Wight
Saturday 14 May 2011 – The Mill Inn, Dover
Thursday 19 May 2011 – Stereo, York
Friday 20 May 2011 – The Lamp, Hull
Saturday 21 May 2011 – The Marrs Bar, Worcester
Sunday 22 May 2011 – The Asylum, Birmingham
Friday 27 May 2011 – The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (with The Scaramanga Six, Black Moth and Circles)
Saturday 28 May 2011 – The Parish, Huddersfield (with The Scaramanga Six)
Sunday 29 May 2011 – The Maze, Nottingham
Thursday 2 June 2011 – The Hyem, Newcastle (with Supercharger)
Friday 3 June 2011 – The Railway, Bolton
Saturday 4 June 2011 – Puzzle Hall, Sowerby Bridge
Sunday 5 June 2011 – BBC Introducing Raw Talent Radio Session
Saturday 2 July 2011 – Bladefest, Fleckney (with Goldblade)