I’ve not a scooby doo what a Ringes is… Is it an anagram? Anyway, who cares..? What is important is that this is a belting release from Kibou Records and is due out on 5th November… And unlike the non-event that Bonfire Night will be (at least here in Wales it is), this EP from Froggy & The Ringes will be set in lights, fireworks and song.
Like a domestic yob, vocalist Froggy stomps on the words half wittish and half serious, all gnarled up and amphibiously angry. ‘Where did you get that truncheon from?’ He screams (I think) in Auction This as the song goes bang bang fackin’ bang!
‘Look at that sandwich, it don’t listen.’ Quips Don’t Listen in an almost pub rock verse style, well; only if The Ringes had set up a makeshift pub in a garage (as people are doing these days) – garage-pub-punk anyone? This is before the chorus blasts with ferocity.
The title song, the anthemic Froggy And The Ringes (In Soft G) is just that; it’s an anthem, hideously catchy. It spits at you from your record player and you can just envisage the Ipswich Town Firm or the Norwich City Cookery Bastards chanting it on the terraces.
We Are Cheap Beer is bordering on genius. A self-effacing smasher… ‘We might be Carling, we’re not from Belgium, we are cheap beer.’ Brilliant.