[Flying Pearl Records]
Okay, so a couple of years back, there were a couple of kiwi bands that looked back to the ‘60s in a big rock and roll way. It was pretty big in England (and Japan!) and even here in New Zealand, too. Well, for a while at least. Inevitably, this fad didn’t last very long, and by the time these bands’ second albums came out, most of us were left wondering what the fuss was all about. I still can’t quite remember, but I could see how it worked at the time.
It’s now about three years after those crazy British people at NME magazine made such a commotion about the likely lads of The Datsuns and The D4. It’s not inappropriate that such a large chunk of this review is dedicated to two bands that are not Autozamm, because Autozamm are definitely indebted to the two. The only difference is that the aforementioned were actually good at what they did—especially in comparison with the stale, clichéd and secondhand sounding pseudo-retro rock that is present on this disc.
Tracks like ‘Sweet Love’ are the sound that I’m talking about here. To the untrained ear, one might assume that this record was indeed The Datsuns, or in other places, The D4. Or anyone, for that matter. Autozamm just end up sounding like some second rate knockoff. In fact, I’d go so far as to say this album is actually completely shit. Washed out, Foo Fighters-esque monotony that all sounds like it has been mixed into the middle is the best type of sound one could find amidst a myriad of attempts at various styles.
That Autozamm will get any recognition for an album like this would probably only come from the fact that they’re from New Zealand. This may sound a little harsh, but think about it. Listen to this album and if you can even remember who the artist was by the end of it, then you’ve accomplished something. There’s nothing New Zealand sounding about it, of course (I mean, is there even such a thing?) but such a imitative and bland rock sound doesn’t have a whole lot going for it. As For Now is ultimately too unsure of itself and too derivative (of everything) to even warrant a passing listen.
3 months ago