Side One Dummy (2017)
I use Iron Chic as a reference point for other bands so often that I almost don't what to say now that I have to write about them. You Can't Stay Here is the third Iron Chic full length. While they've certainly come a long way since I bought their first demo tape because I thought they had a fun band name, there are aspects of the band that have remained consistent and reliable for the past ten years.
Iron Chic are better than most and building a song into a giant, shout along chorus. If you go to a show of theirs, you will see a lot of people in black T shirts with their fists in the air shouting along. In some ways it's a little predictable, but in others it's comfortingly familiar. You could say the same thing about You Can't Stay Here. It certainly sounds like Iron Chic. The songs are all energetic and sung with a super intense passion. The singalongs are just as catchy as they've ever been and it's easy to get caught up in the choruses.
That being said, the album doesn't have a ton of variety from song to song. If I'm listening to this at work or while I'm doing something else, it has the tendency to fade into background music. That's not to say it's bad, but sometimes the songs have a tough time standing out from each other. Still, it's a very good record and one that I would always add to the collection. If you like Iron Chic, you'll like this record. If you don't, there's probably not going to be anything on here to change your mind. Luckily, I like Iron Chic.
Iron Chic - You Can't Stay Here LP: