The vocalist can often sway a love/hate relationship with a band. In the case of Wales’ My Ceramic Rabbit, they have Daniel Evans as a frontman, who will almost definitely provoke some kind of reaction. His yelping is the most distinctive element of the band; like a younger, more excitable version of Puressence’s James Mudriczki.
‘Until The Moon Bites Back’ is an arresting start. Based around a disarmingly cheap-sounding synth riff, the melody is strong and memorable for the right reasons. Whether by accident or design, the quartet conjure up some odd influences but turn them in to something that’s all their own work. The keyboards propelling ‘White Emotion’, for instance, bear close comparison to Altered Images’ ‘Don’t Talk To Me About Love’ whilst the frenetic ‘Run Rabbit Run’ rides along a bed of Duran Duran-style guitars and features a typically wired (and inspired) turn from Evans. The title track is even reminiscent of The Mission if they had ever diversified in to synth pop. The remainder, however, is less comparable to other artists but also lacks the hooks necessary for them to stand apart from the raft of young indie bands out there.
At its best, ‘Sex A Word’ offers several slices of refreshing, energetic pop music with nods to post-punk, new wave and synth pop. If they can control their natural exuberance to deliver a more consistent, mature work next time, they could yet turn a good album into a great one.
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