The Records are one of a number of British bands that have emerged in the wake of punk rock with a more accessible and traditional brand of pop-rock. The five-man band plays power pop, a wedding of strong melodies, harmony singing and hard rock. The early Who is the standard for the form.
At the Bayou last night, the band proved pleasing and enjoyable on the pop side, but short on the power that rock often needs to create impact. Their sound was defined by the ringing and clean guitar work of John Wicks and Huw Gower.
Four members of the band sing, and joined to drummer Will Burch's clever lyrics, the group's soaring harmonies recalled '60s groups like the Byrds. Some of their songs, like "Teenarama" and "Starry Eyes" are the kind of memorable tunes that are perfect for today's AM radio programming.
It's hard to argue against what the Records offer. It's enjoyable, streamlined and tends to carry listeners away rather than bowl them over. The band sounds good and looks good. At times however, neither the music nor any of the band are as compelling or interesting as some of the British new-wave bands that have been more anxious to reject rock's musical past.