Kangaroo Court

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Adorable lash back at the U.K. music press, who buried them in a hail of criticism after getting a load of leader Pete Fijalkowski's big, forthright mouth. "I know I'm losing my appeal/'Cause I was hung, drawn and quartered before my trial/And everything that's not real/Is put before the jury without the privilege of denial," sneers the embittered singer before the drums even come bashing in. Fijalkowski has cause for complaint; the build-'em-up-and-knock-'em-down U.K. press has licked their chops over every new band that just picked up a guitar, only to dismiss the same bands cruelly a handful of singles later as "has-beens," "no longer relevant" or "last year." It is a true kangaroo court (hence the title of this single), and this miscarriage of justice has wreaked irreparable harm on the long-term health of Britain's best bands. The music here is equally scalding: Single Number Six starts off with a fuzz bass more akin to Swervedriver backing up the angry words, and never lets go of a knifing, jeering edge. "Every single word I said/Was written down and then misread," Fijalkowski adds, realizing that he's paid a heavy price for speaking his mind in an industry that only likes phony go-along-to-get-along types. Coming out so fighting-mad about their predicament now can only help their cause. The two non-LP, B-sides "Ballroom" (another twisted rocker with the varoom of an engine) and "Dinosaur No. 3" (hypnotic and lithe little guitar plinking ballad) make this single a great pickup.

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