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A distinctively average debut
on 14 September 2017
The Paddingtons were a five-piece indie band from Hull, whose late-1970s punk influences were very apparent on their 2005 debut album 'First Comes First', which provides a perfectly loud and angry listen, but none of the tracks really stand out as a highlight. These 11 short but snappy songs all seem to roll into one, with nothing particularly outshining the previous, although if I had to pick, I would have to say 'Alright in the Morning' is decidedly my favourite.
There is nothing original whatsoever to be found. In fact, it feels like a tribute to the Punk era which could have been done by any band. Once more, there were far better albums being released around the same time by contemporary bands such as The Libertines, The Cribs, Arctic Monkeys, and lesser known, but equally great talent such as The Holloways, Milburn and Little Man Tate.
'First Comes First' is a simply average debut of instantly forgettable post-punk. The passion and energy was there, but the talent and ideas were limited. The Paddingtons were probably a better live band, and it might well be the case that this studio recorded album naturally fails to capture this.