Depending on your point of view, this lot are either a breath of fresh air, or a massive step backwards. I have just returned from their gig at Preston's 53 degrees...and the band were awestruck to be playing to their biggest audience ever (1200 people)...not bad for a pub band who have only been going a year... and their following is snowballing. The gig was a true Lancashire love-in, with the very drunk but good natured audience raising their pints and waving their arms and singing along to future classics: Chippy Tea, He's Turned Emo, Bitter Lager Cider Ale Stout, Me PSP...these are songs that are so honed they could have written themselves.
It's easy to explain their appeal, it's a tradition that goes right back to the music halls...they combine often corny, old-fashioned, but very catchy tunes with good-natured, hilariously knowing lyrics delivered with a sunny smile. Subject matter is what sets them apart...stuff the facebook generation can identify with: Emo, new technology, DJ culture...and normal day-to-day stuff. Imagine Peter Kay forming a 21st century answer to The Wurzels, with a nod to George Formby, and you are pretty well near the mark.
Lyrics are often sharply blunt...take this couplet from Chippy Tea: 'I don't want lobster thermidore with a raspberry coulis/ I'm a workin' man from Lancashire and I want me chippy tea'. Now that's funny. Their take on a medley of dance tunes: I See You Baby through Born Slippy, to Firestarter...has to be heard to be believed.
One day, if the media starts a blitz on them, these tunes may well pall, but right now I'm grinning from ear to ear. So today, they are a breath of fresh air...tomorrow?
Either way, now's the time to catch em, whilst their star is on the rise.