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Fraser McAlpine | 10:48 UK time, Saturday, 8 March 2008

Operator PleaseDiabetics, please tread carefully when enjoying the musical stylings of this band. While their music contains much that is good for you - vitamins, roughage, unsaturated fats, protein, omega 3 fish oils - there's an extra dollop of pure, refined white sugar. They may claim it's there for taste purposes, but really it's an unnatural by-product of their upbeat enthusiasm and general lack of what Lupe Fiasco would call The Cool.

(For example, Karinski's blog has a genius comment on her thoughful profile of the band, which claims the photo here makes them look "like Girls Aloud". As if this is a BAD thing.)

So even though this is a relatively moody affair compared to the still jaw-droppingly perky 'Just A Song About Ping Pong', it's still perkier than a squirrel who has just been startled by a lorry delivering a mountain of fresh nuts at the bottom of his tree.

Some people may claim that this is entirely down to their tender years (they're teenagers), which would make a lot of sense if it wasn't for the fact that teenagers are the LAST people on God's green Earth who fit the description 'perky'. And don't be insulted by this, my young friends, there are lots of wonderful things which teenagers are, from 'open-minded' to 'refreshingly honest' to 'occasionally over-perfumed', but perky is not one of them.

Also, the band themselves are getting miffed with people banging on about how young they are, as opposed to, say, how brilliant they are and how they should really be headlining Glastonbury 2009 once we have all showered them with money, clothes, consumer electronics and people to exchange hugs with. These are the kind of unreasonable demands we have all learned to expect from teenagers, and just goes to underline why they are such great fun to have around in the first place.

Speaking of which, who could fail to love a song like this? It's got start-stop herky-jerk bits, it's got cheerleader clap traps (only without actual clapping in. Shame!), it's got teen slang, it's got lyrics which poke fun at people who are impressed by teen slang, it's got shouting like Pennie from the Automatic used to do - before he went all Charlie Busted on our collective ass - and it's got a sense of dancefloor dynamics which is not a million miles away from the Ting Tings.

And we all know how good the Ting Tings are, right?

Now, about that Glastobury headliner slot...

Four starsDownload: Out now
CD Released: March 10th

(Fraser McAlpine)

PS: Here's the band talking to BBC Slink


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