New York quartet Public Access T.V.’s debut LP mixes the bubbly vocals from lead singer John Eatherly with snappy, whirling riffs leading to an almost euphoric blend of alt-pop. Given the ferocious pace and the short length of the LP at 38 minutes, you’d be forgiven if you blinked and missed it.
It opens in catchy fashion with ‘In Our Blood’ and never looks back. ‘Evil Disco’ shows the eagerness of being ‘seventeen with a dream of making the scene’. By the tidiness of this track and the album as a whole, Public Access T.V. certainly seem to be on track to achieve their teenage ambitions.
The influence of hometown icons The Strokes and Ramones is clearest on ‘End of an Era’ which takes a dig at today’s youth as ‘the kids don’t like rock ‘n’ roll any more’. Public Access T.V. seem intent on bringing it back ‘as long as we keep dancing all night/we might keep it together’. The whirlwind of riffs that appear on ‘Summertime’ and ‘I Don’t Wanna Live in California’ prove their pledge should not be taken lightly. ‘Patti Peru’ features swivelling riffs worthy of a place on Mario Kart’s Rainbow Road course. It is followed by the much slower ‘Careful’ that breaks for a spot of mellow reflection. This breather is welcome given the relentless speed of the first half of the album yet on the drum solo chaos threatens to burst in at any moment.
Mainstay ‘In Love and Alone’ showcases what they have to offer to the max. Energy and exuberance to such a degree you almost feel like you are having to urge them to slow down as you can’t keep up. ‘On Location’ is the most accessible of the twelve songs, offering positivity and encouragement as Eaverly embraces the individualistic nature of modern society, crooning ‘Do what you wanna do, baby you can do it too’. ‘A Sudden Emotion’ starts with the fervour you would expect from a band releasing their debut LP, opening with surging drums paving the way for 80s disco-esque exuberance. Album closer ‘Sell You on a Lie’ begins with a solo voice-over before descending into a sweeping wave of buoyant vocals that you’re bound to get caught up in after half an hour of utopian inspiration.
Although it could be criticised for sounding one-dimensional, it must be remembered that this is Public Access T.V.’s first album and the fact that they have stuck to a sound that they are comfortable with should be commended. It provides a solid foundation that should allow for experimentation further down the line. One slight disappointment is the absence of admittedly early hit ‘In The Mirror’, a song that would have blended in perfectly. However ‘Never Enough’ is an extremely promising debut, paving the way for a very bright future for the New York four piece.