The half-cut Alex Turner may have raised a few eyebrows with his “rock’n’roll will never die” speech at this year’s Brit Awards, but no one could accuse the Arctic Monkeys’ fella of being wrong. Emphatic proof of this comes from new Sunday Best signings Wild Smiles, whose album-taster, ‘Fool For You’, is a lusty two-minute blast of everything that makes the artform rapturous and timeless. Utterly self-assured, the trio’s melange of frantic overdriven guitar, cascading drums, heavily reverbed vocal, sweet West Coast harmonies and the briefest volte-face of a break is one heady defibrillator of Ramones-like punk pop. It’s some distance away from any radical new soundscape, sure, but ‘Fool For You’ is happy evidence that primary rock’n’roll is still in riotous good health.
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