Pinky Doodle Poodle

Pinky Doodle Poodle

Written by: BW on 28/05/2014 00:18:11

I admit that when I heard about Pinky Doodle Poodle I was a little apprehensive, what with it being a Japanese female fronted rock band and not my normal area of music. My logic made me plump for it though, as everyone loves Rammstein and I can’t make out much of what they’re singing at the best of times. The best thing about going for albums like this, for purists anyway is that they make you appreciate the music a little more. This is PDP’s first foray to try and break the North American market, but that doesn’t mean Europe can’t get a taste.

“1, 2, 3 GO!” starts us off and it has an instant punk vibe with a quick enough pace to keep you entertained and even though it is mainly spent listening to the same chord for lengthy spells it does prove to be catchy little number. It is a safe little song to get you started and fans of punk will feel instantly at ease, as the feeling of that way of playing is fairly strong. The main vibe you get from the off is that a lot of the songs are happy, although not knowing the lyrics may mean that I’m saying that a song about breaking up is happy, but it’s worth taking the chance.

“I’m OK You’re OK” does follow a similar pattern and you start to realise that there may well be a bit of familiarity in much of what is available. The vocals are vibrant enough in terms of tone, the guitar work is always solid and swift, which is great for getting the body parts moving. I think the best way to describe the general feel is that by keeping things pretty simple and using those tools well it shows that good things can happen.

The main track from the album is “Cosmic Candy” which is the kind of name you would expect from a feel good band. It has a tasty underlying bass and just introduces guitars in through the verses as if it’s trying to tease you towards the chorus. The chorus itself is chock full of good riffage. Again it puts a smile on your face whatever way you listen and that is PDP’s greatest asset. It’s almost like they don’t have to try to make you happy. This stuff just seems to work and I find it hard to explain why in great detail.

I think one of my favourites has to be “As You Like” as it has slight leanings towards an early Green Day in terms of the tempo and chord usage. I could maybe see this in the style of “Holiday” and when you hear it you will instantly know why too. It is after this song though that things get a little weird, at least in the song titles, but the music certainly doesn’t go off the rails. Such tracks as “Jet Engine Cycling” and “Juicy Mixer” are interesting in both performance and nature, with the former being such a very quick tune. It might feel like it is over before it begins, but it gives itself enough time to make an impression in your skull.

The best way to describe the “Pinky Doodle Poodle” album is that it is simply different enough to most other albums whilst keeping enough of the same to be familiar to those who love their punk fast and sharp. I don’t think I’ve come across one song on this that is noticeably poor, although the “Twist and Shout” cover does come very close to karaoke track, but the simple fact is that this album has a character all of its own. Don’t get me wrong, I can hear little elements of Green Day and Foo Fighters in there, which is not bad at all, but there is an identity that it carves out quite nicely. It is light, fluffy and just wants to be enjoyed by everyone. On this evidence, I cannot really see why not. The anime fans will love this stuff, but so will everyone else. Now I can say that as well as Rammstein and Skambankt, I can add PDP to the good music, but no idea what’s being said roster. Insert smiley face.

8

Download: Cosmic Candy, 123 GO!, As You Like
For The Fans Of: Green Day, Foo Fighters, Blink 182
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Release date 22.04.2014
Good Charamel Records

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