PS I Love You – Meet Me At The Muster Station

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There’s a whole lotta whooping and hollering going on: PS I Love You‘s Meet Me At The Muster Station sounds like Jack White meeting Win Butler, then deciding to add The Stones’ Charlie Watts on drums… you’ve pretty much got it nailed there! One wonders what Chuck Berry would have sounded like with a body frozen in time brought back to life 50 years later: probably good old rock’n'roll with all the guitar effects thrown in, yeah!!! It’s only an “indie” record in the sense they share a hometown with The Tragically Hip, the frenetic DIY energy here belies a real artisty, guitarist Paul Saulnier weaving together guitar chords with every possible distorted sound so if you can’t understand a word he’s saying it’s probably ‘cos he wants to say it all with his guitar anyway. Drummer, and no doubt partner in crime Benjamin Nelson (if song ‘Breadends’ is to be believed), gives this beast some clockwork wings and off they fly …

In Saulnier, we have the perfect anti-hero for our times: the super-sized Frank Black-esque misfit of our media-wired age who can’t say what he wants face-to-face, so instead yelps, screams, shouts, whoops and hollers … and taps into a chaotic rock’n'roll born of frustration that only the anti-hero truly can. His guitar could easily be ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons on ‘Breadends’, would sound equally at home with The Edge on ’2012′, while gorgeously titled ‘Butterflies & Boners’ stops and starts and turns from funeral march into Strokes-like anthemic pop by the end, truly wonderful! ‘Facelove’ sounds rather like Arcade’s ‘Rebellion’ speeded-up, or ‘Month Of May’ on The Suburbs, and ‘Get Over’ is also fine, awash with deep growling guitar distortion and pulsing along to an electro-beat and synchopated bass. Life isn’t dull as we dance to the apocalypse. None of the songs on Meet Me overstay their welcome, but at 30 minutes in its entirety time comes around too quickly … one of life’s paradoxes!

So Meet Me At The Muster Station is another time capsule in the brief history that is rock’n'roll, with each 2 and a half minute ‘tablet’ ensuring life remains interesting for a little while longer. And if this rock beast flies a little too close to the sun at times, well, probably PS I Love You’s Paul Saulnier wouldn’t have it any other way … this is, after all, the age of apocalypse not aquarius …

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