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There Is Nothing More Frightening Than The Passing Of Time by The Superman Revenge Squad Band

There Is Nothing More Frightening Than The Passing Of Time
October 14, 2013
Adam Millard

In the quick-fire opening of "Lately I've Found Myself Regressing" Ben Parker is found googling himself "just to prove that I exist...there might be something written somewhere saying I'm an adequate lyricist or something better". And so we're introduced to the deadpan, self-depreciating world of The Superman Revenge Squad Band.

Lush string arrangements which seem to be meticulously arranged sit almost uneasily alongside the blasé drums and guitar to produce a sound which screams out to be listened to. On "Flavor Flav", lost love is compared to post-93 REM and a Flava Flavless Public Enemy. The lyrics are played out for humour but combined with the anguished backing (again, beautifully arranged) it becomes a spine-tingling toe-tapper. 

At times I found myself worrying that this music will at some point be used in an advert for a bank or a mobile phone, "Paulie In Rocky Three" in particular is not a million miles away from the current crop of twee adverts, with a slight over-reliance on nostalgia. The rest of the album is raised well above the bar by some surrealism, post-rock tendencies (e.g. "The Angriest Dog In The World"), a superior lyrical subject matter (e.g. music geek references and in-jokes) and the aforementioned endearing sloppiness.

If you like Ben Folds, Bromheads Jacket, Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip, Daniel Johnston then there's a good chance that you'll like this too. And if you're googling this Ben Parker, I reckon you are an above average lyricist. In addition to this you are a somewhat competent arranger and songwriter to boot.