La-Ti-Da records is becoming a label whose taste in music I simply trust. When they offered an opportunity to preorder a group of new releases at a discounted price (even though they didn't say what those new releases were), I jumped at the chance. The first batch consisted of the incredible Ballantynes LP I reviewed a few weeks ago and this album by Maniac.
The Maniac LP is a little bit of a mixed bag for me. I really like a lot of it, musically. The band has a knack for mixing stuttering guitar riffs in the verse with big old catchy hooks in the chorus. Songs like "Wendy, Same Thing," "Dans Le Sang" and "When I'm Gone" deliver the goods, but even on my favorite songs I can't say that I'm a huge fan of the vocals. They're not bad necessarily, but the delivery leans on the nasal side of things.
It's not a deal breaker by any stretch as Demimonde had a frequent turntable presence on my turntable. It's worth checking out if you're into some catchy tunes that have just a bit of garagey fuzz.
Maniac - Demimonde LP: