Share THAT'S MR ATTACK TO YOU - Thee Attacks (Crunchy Frog)
As hard as it is to really get a sense of what a record sounds like through the written word, be assured that this band of early 20-somethings from northern Denmark are aptly named. Playing a brand of rock with lots of roll that echoes the Who in their most anarchic pre-rock opera days, Thee Attacks might be one of the best things you hear in 2010. They will be for me.

"That's Mr Attack To You" has a sense of unabashed excitement in almost every note. The Who is an obvious reference point for Terry Attack's Townsend-on-steroids tones, but so are onetime garage prodigies The Mooney Suzuki of about 10 years ago or The Hives when they kicked off. They don't play all their songs at the same frenetic pace as The Hives, but the power is there.

This is their debut album and these unrelenting energy hounds take to these songs like they've been given 12 three-minute chances to change the world. Move over, climate change, you've been queue-jumped.

"Love in Disguise" is the lead-off track and it's fairly indicative of what these guys do: Tightly-wound but soulful mix it with handclaps, a big chorus, chunky guitars and surging rhythms. Plenty more where that came from.

The songs don't so much explode but creep up. "Won't Break Me" is the pick of the litter, a defiant and stupendously delivered anthem with a brief but searing guitar break. "Shelter" is a heartbeat behind, a pop song with fuzzy yet shimmering guitars and a strident beat that'll win you over in a minute. "Love In The City" leans on a subtle keyboard vamp that sounds fab before it falls into a 12-string solo.

The tunes are top notch, the feel distinctly retro but not muddied or cluttered. The album was recorded in glorious mono at London's Magic Toe Rag Studios, so it sounds raucous and righteous. Liam Watson is a mighty producer and even co-wrote a song.

Don't say you weren't told. Buy a copy from here. - The Barman

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