It would be overstating matters to say that what The Cramps are to rockabilly, Austria’s The Attention! are to 1964-era R&B. They do, however, vary between butane-fuelled attempts at period recreation such as ‘Shimynizer’ or ‘Blank Love Boogie’ and finding their own shaking neo-garage niche with ‘Alina’.
As with all the Screaming Apple artists I’ve heard, The Attention! seem to be predicated on volume, sweat and fun in equal measure. It’s a joyous, raucous sound that reminds you why you were turned onto R&B or rock ‘n’ roll in the first place.
Eight of the ten songs are originals and even album closer ‘Sea Sea Rider’ turns into something of a rave-up. If you’re looking for a 30-minute fix of stomping frolicsome fun to cure what ails ya, this’ll put the smile right back on your face.