Sound — 10
Being formed less than three years ago, it seems like The Pink Spiders knew what exactly they wanted and what they needed to do to get it. Caring images of Elvis Costello and Franz Ferdinand in hearts and art, Nashville threesome Matt Friction (vocals, guitar), Jon Decious (bass guitar) and Bob Ferrari (drums) started creating music that's got an attitude and impudence. But it was a long and windy road that took them to where they are now -- the legend says they've been in a fire accident with their trailer in Buffalo, slept in New York city subways and donated plasma to fund their demanding tour schedule. Their first full-length Hot Pink was out on an indie record. Right after the release, The Pink Spiders signed to Geffen and recorded major-label debut Teenage Graffiti. Having proposed the final release date as the end of June, The Pink Spiders dragged it out to August, which made the album even more anticipated among the fans. It was really worth the wait -- defining themselves as a whirlwind of hustle and clatter, threesome created an album full of blustering wild energy and rebellion. Teenage Graffiti is full of bright harmonies and foot-tapping beats. The guitars are simple, as they are supposed to be in punk, but there are some great hooks and interesting lines. It's a 100% guitar-driven music with beat rhythms to make it danceable. The guys picked the name for themselves quite accurate -- their music is sugary-sweet as pink and nasty-seductive as spiders. Teenage Graffiti kicks off as a stellar rock album -- with ferocious chords of hard-hitting Soft Smoke. That's the only track that reminds of Rolling Stones and Motley Crue. The album doesn't need to grow on you - if not the first one, the second track will get you hooked. A flavor of '60s appears everywhere on the album -- like Little Razorblade and very Beatles-ish Adalae. Songs got that joyful energy with a sharp feeling that is like a drug - once you've got the taste, it leaves you wanting more. Like explosively Modern Swingers -- just together with Little Razorblade it got more than half a million plays on the band's MySpace website. Teenage Graffiti is worth listening without skipping -- all tracks have potential to be a single and they all are infectious and catchy. It's one of those cases when all 13 songs are good with some really great ones among them. The nuggets are Modern Swingers, Pretend That This Is Fiction and Saturday Night Riot.
Lyrics — 9
The poetry is quite simple, without any smart flourishes, but catchy and interesting. They fit the music wonderfully, being not too serious to think about and fun to listen to at the same time. I like that My baby's pretty as a car crash in Modern Swingers. Matt Friction's vocals are charming and haunting at the same time. His voice is soaring (which adds to the band's style), yet soft and gentle. The best example would be Pretend That This Is Fiction. Doo-wop back vocals sound funny and extravagant.
Overall Impression — 10
The band tries to match their name and music style in everything -- wearing pink clothes and Elvis Costello-like glasses. Probably the best thing about The Pink Spiders -- they've got style. The boys are playing rock stars with all attributes -- fast women, bravado, swing, crowd seduction and huge sexual energy. The record is perfectly produced -- it's radio-friendly and sticky like a bubble-gum with a healthy done of adrenaline to keep you interested through the entire album. Most importantly -- it leaves you hungry for more songs. The album's only weak point is probably it's title. Generating so interesting songs and bearing some great ideas in mind, The Pink Spiders could have thought of something more original and outstanding than Teenage Graffiti. The Pink Spiders' popularity is growing in a maniacal progression. They already got that Alternative Press' 100 Bands you need to know in 2006. My guess is they just need a little bit more promotion along with touring, and the guys will easily make it to the the best new act.