Poor Frisco hail from East Kilbride, the very same unassuming west of Scotland town that brought us the great Jesus And Mary Chain and these guys are doing a fantastic job of carrying on the noisy pop gauntlet with their latest release, Sheep’s Clothing.
Opener ‘Little Baby’ sets the bar very high for the 12 tracks that follow; it captures the bands sound perfectly, the pop melodies layering with the droned distorted guitars bringing a distinctly Scottish flavour to their unique sound.
‘Your Not My Love’ has a kind of pop naivety that is as charming as it is catchy; it perhaps showcases one of Poor Frisco’s finest assets, their ability to get a song stuck in your head for days.
‘Good Day Yet’ isn’t even two-minutes long, but provides another highlight of this stellar record.
The simplicity is again one of the most attractive things about the song with hints of The Cure and Pixies shining through.
The melodies and harmonies are overtly pop, yet work so well with the interesting and sometimes angular guitar riffs.
‘Weird In The Suburbs’ opens with a Green Album Weezer type feel that you just know is going to soar into an amazing chorus even before it arrives.
It sees Poor Frisco at their weird best, the way Callum McSorley and David Fleck change their deliveries to suit the song is fantastic.
The easygoing tones soon become abrupt and slightly more punk towards the end, showcasing the versatility of the record and indeed the band themselves.
‘Running Ahead’ is a great closer, it takes all that is great from the rest of the record and condenses it into a fantastic five-minute opus.
It’s slow build up is perhaps unlike what we’ve heard previously, two-minute pop numbers hardly have the time for huge floor tom sections, and it isn’t until the final minute where the usual Poor Frisco organised mayhem really kicks in.
The huge guitar sound left reverberating in your ears for what seems like forever signifies a very fitting end to a fantastic record.
Sheep’s Clothing has elevated Poor Frisco into real contenders for most exciting band in the city; every track brings something new to the table whilst maintaining the rough charm that only Poor Frisco can pull off.
Words: Andy McGonigle