Crumb - Evenings & WeekendsThursday 05 May 2005
Disques Fridge - 2005 - 34 minutes
Dublin trio Crumb sound like several other bands, but the one band whose influence is all over this debut is REM. The jangly guitars and vocal harmonies here recall the American band circa 1984-86. And, lest there be any confusion, this is no bad thing. With Stipe & Co looking like they've exited stage left in creative terms, they could do worse than to cheer themselves up and listen to this to see what their influence has meant.
There are quite a few highlights here – brisk and bright opener 'Lights of the City', the plaintive 'Wrecked Or', the gloriously addictive 'For the Leaving Of...' – but the album is strongest as a whole. There is no grandstanding, just well-crafted songs that complement each other astutely.
This is the sound of three music fans – Dez Foley (drums/vocals), Derrick Dalton (guitar/vocals) and Eamonn Davis (bass) – paying genuine homage, and it's abundantly clear that it's about enjoyment, not success. The album even manages that rare trick of sounding instantly likeable, yet offering more on each listen.
Admittedly, 'Evenings & Weekends' fades slightly towards its close, and some might be put off by what they might see as a lack of variety. But in a music scene deluged by showy, slick guitar bands, there is something admirably honest and pure about Crumb. Younger listeners will probably want something more flashy, but others will be given a nice nostalgia pill. They'll enjoy the trip.
The title of this album might well be a reference to the windows of opportunity in which it was made. If so, for Foley, Dalton and Davis it was time well spent. It's unlikely to put them on any big maps, but sometimes the smallest victories are the sweetest.
Tracklisting: Lights of the City – Fecky the Ninth – Follow Me Home – Wrecked Or – Bad Timing – For the Leaving Of… – Book of Misunderstanding – Marwood – My Back Yard – No Great Plans