Art Brut It's A Bit Complicated

Art Brut It's A Bit Complicated
Novelty acts never last. Just look at Gallagher and his sledgehammer or Green Jelly, who are apparently still around gigging. To many, London, UK’s Art Brut appeared to be just that: a band pushing a shtick where a Britpop-obsessed grown man reads aloud supposed entries from his diary over top of a punk-y backdrop. Their debut album, Bang Bang Rock & Roll, was a brilliant example of self-deprecating modern poetry clashing with tasty guitar leads that made them go from little known cult faves to a band with more than 40 fan-run franchises. But could it last? It doesn’t take long for It’s A Bit Complicated to confirm that this beloved band indeed have the droll charm and chops to not only survive the sophomore slump but also reach that plateau of popularity that many unashamedly English bands seldom achieve. Front-man Eddie Argos is back rocking the mic in his socks, dropping his signature anecdotes and advice. "Jealous Guy” sees him desperate to prove his manliness to his sleepy girlfriend, while he gives a nod to thee Headcoats claiming, "Punk rock ist nicht tot” on "St. Pauli.” Furthermore, "Direct Hit” is undeniably just that, with guitarist Ian Catskilkin’s electrifying hard rock riffage leading Argos’ infectious, titular shout out. As enthralling as Argos’ lyrical wit is, Catskilkin’s flair for guitar hooks is equally as significant, carrying a range of melodies for Argos to spit over. As long as the chemistry between these two creative forces can continue to blossom, Art Brut will be just fine, which is something It’s A Bit Complicated proves in spades. (Downtown)