|Proper, To The Point|
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To The Point
I saw this band a couple of weeks ago when they stood in for Deep Six at Brentwood. Enjoyed the set ever such a lot and was as pleased as punch when I got a CD through the post.
Proper are a four piece from the twilight zone of South East London who play guitar driven songs. If you like Mod Revival groups these are definitely for you. I love this kind of music, it’s powerful, melodic, well-crafted and Proper are in the top end of this genre. The album starts with” Lucky Things,” catchy jangly guitars and a taste of what is to come. The album rattles through at quite a pace, all of the tracks get your toes tapping and head nodding. Each track is short and punchy and an original, all written by Ivano Bonfanti (no covers here). The rest of the band Len Fleckney on drums, Jez Payne on Bass and Joe Duggan on guitar all complement Ivano’s vocals and form a very tight knit group. The good thing about Proper is that they don’t slavishly copy the Jam, you can hear a bit of the modfathers influence but I can also hear the Byrds, the Knack (not My Sharona but their better stuff). It’s very hard to pick out highlights as to be truthful I enjoyed all of it but “A different scene,” the slower “Ready,” “Beg to Differ,” “Three times” and “Magical” all stood out for me, though next time I listen I will probably pick the rest of the album instead. For a band that has only been together for just over a year they should be congratulated on bringing out a fantastic album.
If you like powerpop, like to support real music, have a listen or go and see them and buy the album.
Duncan, March 2017