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Whatever Happened To the Likely Lad?

by Cartoon Violence

An insanely catchy affair that mixes super bouncy 2 tone ska with distinctly British sounding pop & indie stylings. The songs capture the classic Brit Pop storytelling vibe of the likes of The Kinks, Madness, Squeeze & Parklife-era Blur
Genre: Rock: Ska
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Vauxhall Nova
3:03 $0.99
2. Attic
3:38 $0.99
3. Teresa
3:31 $0.99
4. Cartoon Violence
2:58 $0.99
5. Easy Tiger
3:05 $0.99
6. Do Something About It
3:51 $0.99
7. Rattlesnake
3:37 $0.99
8. Kite
3:04 $0.99
9. Johnny Come Lately
5:54 $0.99
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Album Notes
Out now on Do The Dog Music is the superb debut album by Cartoon Violence! The CD is An insanely catchy affair that mixes super bouncy 2 tone ska with distinctly British sounding pop & indie stylings. Their songs capture the classic Brit Pop storytelling vibe of the likes of The Kinks, Madness, Squeeze & Parklife-era Blur, with each tune lyrically being like a mini kitchen sink drama in its own right!

Titled "Whatever Happened To The Likely Lad ?", the 9 track album looks set to garner the band many instant fans with its endless soaring energy, great sing-a-long choruses & wonderful piano melodies!
Do The Dog Music Press Release

It's rare that a press release for a record, or anything else for that matter, can be used to accurately describe the product it accompanies. This however is an exception, probably because Do The Dog supremo Kevin Flowerdew is not only a musician himself but also knows his ska music. This is the debut nine track album from Welsh outfit Cartoon Violence, a project formed by 3 Minute Warning keyboard player Chuzz.

As Kev has correctly written, "Their sound is an insanely catchy affair that mixes super bouncy 2-Tone ska with distinctly British sounding pop and indie stylings." From the first chords of the opening track, Vauxhall Nova, you're hooked and wanting more. "Their songs capture the classic Britpop storytelling vibes of the likes of The Kinks, Madness, Squeeze, the Hotknives and Parklife-era Blur..." continues the press release, and he's right. The jangly pianos, real life lyrics, happy-go-lucky feel to the songs, even the chord sequence in Easy Tiger sounds borrowed from Madness, as do those in Rattlesnake. The lively Kite, which I can't pigeonhole at all, fits in nicely with the rest, the album ending with the Hotknives-esque Johnny Come Lately.

But Cartoon Violence haven't ripped anyone off, they've simply listened, learned, adapted and the result is a CD full of contagious tunes that I bet will go down a storm live. Fingers crossed this lot continue because their potential sounds tremendous.
Album Of The Month Scootering Magazine

I knew I would like this CD in the first ten seconds. It isn't ska-punk. It isn't trad-ska or skinhead-reggae. It is what I think of as classic UK pop ska. Piano is featured prominently in the mix and it sounds great. That coupled with the vocals made me think of Madness right away. They aren't copying the sound, but they are mining the same vein only without horns.

There are nine tracks on the CD. Four are outstanding. Three are good. Only two are clunkers in my opinion. Oddly, one of the tracks I don't like (#7) was featured on the recent Do The Dog Chooses episode on Pressure Drop Soundcast. Not everyone likes the same stuff.

The lyrics are clever and very catchy. I found myself singing along, even if I had no idea what the lyrics meant. The sound quality and musicianship are first rate. The tempo varies within many of the songs along with the loudness and I like this device. It helps to build tension. My two favorite tracks are "Attic" and "Johnny Come Lately". There is an odd 45 second intro to "Johnny Come Lately", but then the piano starts and you get pulled right in. It seems "Johnny" has ED, and the spelling of "Come" in the title has been sanitized. Poor lad.

Cartoon Violence are on the Do The Dog record label out of the UK. They have several tracks up on their myspace page. The label says:

"Superb debut album by Welsh 4 piece crew. Cartoon Violence are the new side project formed by 3 Minute Warning keyboardist Chuzz & their sound is an insanely catchy affair that mixes super bouncy 2 tone ska with distinctly British sounding pop & indie stylings. The 9 track album looks set to garner the band many instant fans with its endless soaring energy, great sing-a-long choruses & wonderful piano melodies!"

I agree! The CD is on iTunes and you can order it from Do the Dog. You won't be sorry.
Musical Occupation webzine

A year or two back I went to see The Toasters play a sweaty little club in Manchester, Satan's Hollow, support that night came from amongst others Three Minute Warning.
If you know your ska you will be well aware of just how good 3MW are, the second they kicked in that night even Rob "Bucket" Hingley was impressed, high praise to see the great man skanking along to our new ska heroes, they were absolutely fantastic and its no surprise to me that 3MW secured a release on Bucket's Megalith label soon after.
One of the striking factors of a 3MW performance is the mesmerising keyboards of Chuzz who is a bundle of passion and irresistable energy, he brings the pumping ska of this quartet to life.
When I heard Chuzz had launched a side project, Cartoon Violence, I was immediately eager to hear the results. Well since last Thursday when my latest order from Kev's Do The Dog label landed, this cd has been in constant rotation, when I tell you I also ordered The Aggrolites and I haven't played it yet I think you get the message! Its absolutely bloody unbelievably fantastic. Its probably been produced on a shoestring but the songs are so strong I can't begin to tell you how talented this guy is.
I don't want to compare but I'm going to - they remind me a bit of The Hotknives on their album The Way Things Are, strong melodies, story telling lyrics and ska of light and shade and different moods. The ska attack of 3MW is in there as too are the keyboards under pinning everything but there is a more considered approach to how each song is tackled and the result is, well, effective to say the least!
There are nine tracks and they are all class but Attic, Do Something About It and Johnny Come Lately are absolutely stunning. So ORDER IT, you'll not be disappointed, its a release that you will play again and again.
Simon Flaherty

With a name such as Cartoon Violence the imagery the mind conjures up appears by the bucket load with many a pesky cat and mouse getting bloodied and battered with all types of wicked instruments. You could be forgiven for having preconceptions of a band who don't take themselves seriously and produce amateurish knockabout slapstick sonics just for the sheer hell of it. Do not be misled! This is high quality tuneage from a pop/skank outfit that ejaculate class in every direction available. The songs are cultured, quirky and given a final glossy production that helps the cause no end. 9 songs of comfortable Class-A structure and delivery with the Fungal one very keen to hear a shed load more. I reckon that git at Do The Dog Records (yes Kevin Flowerdew - YOU) has a fuckin' laboratory somewhere and is cloning talented musicians - come on you bastard come clean now! Anyway it is another concrete release from the label and just highlights again the wealth a super skillage out there. Ska sirens blare loud and clear - take cover and head to a gig now - do not miss out on this stuff - it is a real upsurge in strength and the ska scene surely is destined to erupt once more to the fore of the music world.

The first track here goes by the name of 'Vauxhall Nova' and deals with a love affair that has the victim so absorbed in his female adulation that he lets himself be run down by the aforementioned vehicle which is driven by the target of his passions. Almost 'Crash'-like in a roundabout way and a nice individuality to the lyric is always welcome as an escape from the drinking, fighting and political tirades I hear so very, very often. Ignition on, keys out and tinkled accordingly and the drive of the first verse is upon us. Sanguine and well-paced the gear shift into the wonderful chorus is ideal and we slip back into more ebony and ivory jangles before we are re-versed and taken back down to chorus lane and briefly park up in instrumental/vocal grove to bask in some splendid sonic sunshine. Pedal down and journeys end is soon achieved with an initial trip to tantalise the travelling taste buds of tuneology.

The tale of heartbreak and reclusive thoughtfulness that comes next is a fuckin' gem (Attic) and the lyrical brilliance and opposing joyous tune work for and against each other at the same time resulting in a very exciting musical moment. The negativity of the words are constantly questioned until a final plunge confirms everything that was feared is made reality as the love in question rebukes big time. The defeat could be overlooked if judgement was based on the music alone as all comes across as well and good. The music however is played with such excellent ability definite careful scrutiny is needed to fully appreciate what is going on here. The church-like 4-line segment towards the end is delivered in ushered tones and is a stroke of genius. The final disappointment is dealt with tidily and the closure is well-timed before we are soon thrown into the opening brilliance of 'Teresa'. I love the first verse and the whole compliment of skanking vibes and superb singing are a pinnacle to be admired. Play it over and over and the sonic scenery just becomes more and more impressive. The song shuffles along with a vibe that has more drive than is initially apparent and the consistent pace retains toe-tapping interest from first to last and is a beautiful lead into the pursuing seriousness of 'Cartoon Violence'. A sudden about turn is given and catches the listener unawares. A darkness of tone and a more serious edge make this track punctuate the whole album and rouses this reviewer into renewed life. Very effective and perfectly positioned and a total emboldening edge to it's counterparts on both sides of the sonic burst.

A cabaret cum musical approach next that seems a bastardised Manhattan Transfer cocktail clutterbucket that may be the odd sock in the basket but if assessed on nothing more than its individual identity does the job with aplomb. The theatrics run deep with 'Easy Tiger' and it is a most fitting track to transfer across to the DVD frontier and have all players turn their hands to a touch of amateur (or not ) dramatics. ‘Do Something About It’ is a delight with its 1970’s sitcom opening sequence that briefly ‘do dahs’ into a cosy chorus before a vocal red carpet is lain down to prepare us for a warming chorus that drips talent. By gum these guys know their onions and the lyrical spillage that deals with fickle screw around fuckers and a certain shallowness of character just wins in glorious style. The messages are indeed ambiguous and perhaps I have misread one or two but isn’t that the beauty of the poetical muso-script – make your own interpretations. We move on from one tootling gem to a creeping snippet of cultured perfection known as ‘Rattlesnake’. A hypnotic mood is set before a knee jerking rhythm is bobbed forth. The chorus is nothing short of par excellence and takes place without fluster or hesitancy. The rolling winning formula never lets up and is sanguinely carried through into the equally exciting 'Kite'. The song seems to hint at family break up and has a bit of defiantly frustrated anger in both vocal tone and musical atmosphere. The grooving screw of the guitar that opens instantly surprises and as quickly stops dead and turns into accustomed skank routine with keyed in company. Emotive, tetchy and the most vigorously active offering so far (especially towards the latter end) this again (without sounding repetitive) is a winner.

So we close and a beer is poured (in salute to a darn classy album) and the awe-inspiring tones of churchified sadness begin a final song that hints at a piss-take but comes across as a tragedy. A combination of morals and brewers droop make our hero/zero 'Johnny Come Lately' a figure to smile at and shed a tear for. The tune is just lovely and the 'that's life' approach to everyday niggles is done with pure craft. It is a great climax (ooops pardon the twisted pun Johnny) and closes the final page of a superb chapter in the career of Cartoon Violence.

A plethora of potential is located here and if CV attain the quality of these 9 tracks then they are going to earn some incredible praise and appreciation. One of the finds of the year for Mr Punky Pants here and it will be more than interesting as to what their next release will sound like and what in fact they are like as a 'live' band. The 'bands to see' list just gets bigger.
Fungal Punk Nature webzine



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