One Two Three Four are yet more offspring of the superfecund Hamburg scene. Their fans like to compare them to the Libertines which is reasonably accurate but I’d say this bunch are mired a bit further in the past than them — the Kinks is a more accurate comparison.

It’s hard to get excited about this band. They sound like they’ve just plugged the guitars straight into a stack of 12 Marshalls with no gimmicks in between. This is no bad thing of course, check out the early Aerosmith sound, but One Two Three Four, for all their unencumbered sound and greasy organs lack the swagger of fellow rockers Boozed.

1234 - whos . . .2 starsWho’s goin’ down

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60’s style Garage rock but lacking the lightness of touch. Standout tracks: ‘You’re Ugly’, ‘Your Money’

Song themes concern escaping bad love, falling foul of the law. Singer Jan Ueber’s vocals are pretty well suited to this kind of gritty storytelling, he’s got the style of the Kinks’ Ray Davies but I think the falsetto on ‘Mary’s Crying’ is a mistake.


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