Vicious Modernism (independent)
Paul Boddum and Andrew McAllister of Soft Copy are known in local indie rock circles for sticking it out in the 90s as DIY pop outfit Neck, later renamed Christiana, one of the first bands to play Wavelength in 2000 (and the last, when they reunite at the Garrison on Sunday). Now, with the addition of Wes Hodgson on bass, Soft Copy deliver their second and by far best work to date – a collection of catchy, crafted, heartfelt post-punk pop.
While they perfectly channel the angry, angular militancy of Gang of Four and Mission of Burma on opener Hot Cakes and Bad Wiring, they also convey a sensitive side on First Date and Well Read that’s in line with 90s heart-on-sleeve indie rock, and just as memorable. Vicious Modernism is solid from start to finish, and pushes Soft Copy to the top of my list of local bands to see in 2010.
Top track: Evil