We only give the thumbs up and constructive criticism to the music that makes it to the lofty heights of Demo Of The Week - why be negative about someone's own style and taste in music? - so on the rare occasion that we say something that Johnny Rocker and the Rockouts may not like, it doesn't sit too well with us either. Onto Lyceum. This four-piece band, who formed in Sydney in mid-2004, got our attention with their catchy song 'Cellophane Sunshine' and before we read the accompanying bio we were thinking 'who does this guy sound like?' At first it was Wayne Connolly from the Welcome Mat and then maybe some mid-80s Swedish band like the Watermelon Men - no, hang on - it's England's Sea Urchins or The Stone Roses. It's that polite vocal over neat and pleasant pop music that the English can do so well (like their heart-tugging and feelgood movies - see Love, Actually and Bridget Jones's Diary). lyceum
Well, there you have it - one look at the bio and it tells us that band leader Neil Caesar hails from Liverpool, UK. Our only criticism is the actual bio: "Coming from the same city as the Beatles makes it difficult not to have melodies flowing through the veins". Um, that's a bit rich, we thinks. Like any town, Liverpool would have its fair share of crap bands but we understand that you have to put yourself up on a pedestal in your bio. All good players, Lyceum are a band who seem to know what they want to sound like and where they want to go.
Our joint winner this week is Wade Jackson and he tills a similar vein of what we call 'polite pop'. Not sure where Wade hails from (update: Wade emails telling us he's from Sydney), but he has recorded four songs in his home studio, playing all the instruments and vocals. Something that we here at HAC have a soft spot for. And he gets full marks for everything - from the songwriting, drums, guitars and wonderful harmonies throughout. We like how he writes in the bio: "I appreciate you taking the time to listen to my heartache". And there's one song that goes 'tell my wife that I love her so'. Aw, cute. - ND