The Badge – EP #1

The first of the three promotional EPs to come (hence the title), announcing the new album (to be titled ****) in 2005, shows the New York band still wearing their late’60s-post-mod-psych “badge”, along the productional assistance of the appropriately chosen “Larriott-McLane” team.

What might be considered a slight stylistic “detour”, is a tad rawer than usual, Super Fine! freakbeat opener, while the following Make Me Happy, takes it back towards the more usual Small Faced heavy “organ-isation”.

The slightlydelic one called The Jockey’s Fields also adds some familiar Weller vibes before the closing folky popsike tribute to Scarlett Johannson.

Supposedly, some of the tracks on the mentioned EP series should be omitted from the album, though I must say that, considering the first four, it will be a hell of a job to make a choice.

[Released by Detour 2004]

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