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Boomkat Product Review:
Enter Jakobinarina, proof that Iceland continues to invade the UK's dominance of angular indie pop! The record's opening line features head henchman Gunnar Bergmann breathlessly exclaiming "Its Monday, I'm in vain, stuck in the mundane!". Further evidence?! Amongst primary influences, the band cite Wu Tang Klan and Audrey Hepburn. Fittingly then, the bulk of The First Crusade clocks in at the two and a half minute mark, itself perhaps a by-product of the sustained sweat-inducing pace of the record. And what sets these boys apart from the rest of the rabble? Simple. Unlike much of the UK's angular rock output, Jakobinarina adopt humour (Block Party take note) alongside killer hooks to joyous effect. Two such examples; on Jesus its the shouting refrain "Nothing but kitsch, motherf*ckers!", in the accurately titled Nice Guys Don't Play Good Music, the surprise appearance of a tinkling piano in the last third. For fans of fellow advocates of not-so-serious but hell-of-a-lot-of fun rock and roll Art Brut and Be Your Own Pet, Jakobinarina are worth getting over-excited about. You may just end up with regretfully tattoo'd lyrics on your arm, alternatively biro them on instead. Recommended.