The Drug Models Love: Slow Hope Parade

~ Tuesday, 21 July 2009
The Drug Models Love is New Yorker Kevin McGinnis (formerly of Ursula Points and Dopo Yume). I kind of get what he’s all about despite being cynical when a CD and press release hailing yet another singer songwriter with an acoustic and a drum machine falls through the letterbox. I’m unsure at first, but I get where he’s coming from, a bed-sit like Bret and Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords. It’s somewhere overlooking brownstones in Greenwich Village. It’s Brooklyn, or Queens, chaotic outside yet it’s a calming read at the New York Times Sunday papers, slowly coming round from a hangover. It’s coffee, toast and a piece of vanilla cheesecake. Comforting, necessary and slowly makes you feel like you’re part of the world again. It’s intrinsically a New Yorker’s album, cool, moody and lyrically sharp.

Whereas his previous band Ursula Points were more about My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive this is about a cityscape soundtrack. This is more MBV’s Kevin Shields soundtrack work. It’s about a 4AM drive when the world’s asleep and your home soon and the air is cool and thoughts are clear. The dramatic opener Wrapped in Honey could be straight out of Lost in Translation. All you need is a movie about any major city at night, throw in some angst, a bit of isolation and insecurity and The Drug Models Love could be more than a guitar, a drum machine and some talented engineer friends popping round for a cuppa.

What Slow Hope Parade lacks in bombastic dynamic it makes up for in dramatic ambience. There’s a definite flavour of early Marc Bolan, particularly In Palm Satellites and Heir Apparent.

The Drug Models Love are like a beard. Unusual and strange at first, but once you get used to it, a definite grower.

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Review by Charlie Brown