on 7 January 2011
It's taken thirty years for Godard to produce a worthy follow-up to 1980's outstanding 'What's The Matter Boy?' but on 'We Come As Aliens' he does just that. There's hardly a duff track on here and from start to finish his songwriting is of the highest standard. He's got that wry lyrical touch that Howard Devoto used to bring to Magazine, but it's fused here with a band that swing, rock and sway. And as a lyricist Godard has few - if any - equals. It's all first class and the pace rarely flags. This, 'What's The Matter Boy?' and '1978 Now' will bring you right up to speed if you're new to this artist - but I can't believe you are. And if you can track it down, ''Twenty Odd Years' is a killer compilation. Vic Godard has had a varied and interesting career, famously taking time out in the 1980s and 90s to try his hand at being a postie. 'We Come As Aliens' shows that he's well and truly got things sorted - here's one postie who can really deliver!
on 7 June 2012
This album is just wonderful. I have played it so many times now and I keep coming back for more. It works as an entity, an old fashioned album, if you like. It invites you into Vic Godard's lopsided world and you don't want to leave. His voice - never a technically beautiful instrument - has the power to make you believe in the material. And what material! The album is choc full o' tunes. Edwyn Collins has collaborated with Vic and produced him. I think Vic is one of the greatest songwriters this country has produced and the fact that he remains obscure is a crime. Buy this record and give yourself a thrill that lasts.
Yes, I must concur with Marc Riley’s description of the said Mr Napper – a man who has being ploughing an essentially lonely furrow for the last (my God, is it?) 39 years, mixing up his time on his postman’s beat with sporadic musical output (via the various incarnations of the Subways), but apparently never losing his passion. I was particularly pleased to see a significant crowd of enthused fans at the recent Koko gig where Vic and Co. were supporting Sleaford Mods and that night they began with the album opener here, Best Album, a (perhaps) tongue-in-cheek measure of their own level of ambition (now there was a great single), but shot through with the man’s quirky, ironic banter (evident at the Koko gig) and redolent with his undiminished sense of melody.
This 2010 album features Vic, 'regulars’ Mark Braby on bass and Kevin Younger on keyboards plus ex-Felt drummer Gary Ainge and it’s a worthy album in the pantheon of Godard recordings. Of course, there is still something of the feel (one of the band’s original 'authentic’ qualities) of a bunch of guys improvising songs in your front room – Vic’s warbles are an evermore unique and defining characteristic of the band – but there are more catchy hooks here than most bands could ever aspire to, plus quite a political, reactionary theme running through many of the songs ('They’ll treat the wealthy better, enlist and control us scum’). Alongside the intoxicating melodies and riffs of Take Over, Back In The Community, Same Plan, If We’d’ve, Rhododendron Town and Our Of Our Zone, there is a bluesy feel to That Train and Life In The Distance, a punkier feel to Somewhere In The World and a real group harmony warble on Ne’er. And, to round things off, we have a poignant and reflective gem, Music Of A Werewolf, whose heavenly melody is irresistible.
We Come As Aliens comes highly recommended, as does Vic’s (even better) 2014 album, revamping some of his earlier songs, 1979 Now!
on 5 January 2011
Vic Godard and Subway Sect - We Come As Aliens (Overground)
An album of songs that have been around for almost a decade, Vic Godard maybe many things (ace songwriter, punk legend, indie inspiration, postman, secret soul singer, etc.) but a prolific record maker he is not. Fortunately when he does find the time and / or inspiration to go into a studio, the results are always worth waiting for.
We Come As Aliens, his first long-player since 2002, lives up to expectations. Over the years, Godard under various guises has explored a number of styles and genres. Now recording again under the Subway Sect moniker, he's revisiting his late `70s origins with a record that might best be described as lo-fi quirky pop punk, but with more wit and wisdom than just about any other lo-fi quirky pop punk band you care to mention - I'll leave you to think of some. Gawd knows when another album's going to appear from Vic Godard, so the best thing to do is grab a copy of this one while it's still hot, and give it a damn good cherishing. 9/10.