Monday, 5 September 2016
September #9: Cute Is What We Aim For
9. Cute Is What We Aim For - Risqué
All hail Poundland, the best record shop in town... well, to be fair, it's about the only place in the town where I work that sells CDs these days, apart from the charity shops (my regular haunts). £land sell a lot of used "reconditioned" CDs from days gone by, and amid the same Hearsay, Starsailor and Robbie Williams albums you'll find in every charity shop, you'll also find some more obscure indie stuff from the last 20+ years. Often it's stuff I've never heard of or the name might ring a faint bell, but for a pound I'm willing to take a punt. (I'd always spend that pound in the charity shops first, but on days when they come up dry, Poundland is my safety net.)
Anyway, New York's Cute Is What We Aim For. To be honest, the band's ridiculous name didn't even jingle the faintest bell, but I could tell by the album cover and song titles what sort of music it'd be and I've been pleasantly surprised by the tracks I've burnt onto my in-car compilations CDs so far. Risqué was the first of these and it certainly shows that the band are on the poppier side of alt-rock. The internet can't decide whether they're emo or power-pop: I'd say they definitely veer more towards the latter.
Risqué is from their debut album, 2006's The Same Old Blood Rush with a New Touch and they've released one more since. They are still in the go (well, the lead singer, Shaant Hacikyan, is still using the band name: all the other original members buggered off). If I see that second album in Poundland, it's a definite...