Sunday, August 3, 2008
BRUNCH: O Level
Reflexive schoolboy punk straight outta the sixth form. On their first seven-inch (not pictured), pre-TVP Ed Ball and friends (not Treacy) sing what they know: standardized tests, West London, and the little hypocrisies already fraying the edges of the U.K. scene. "Pseudo[-]Punk" more than slightly resonates with "Part[-]Time Punks": O Level, name-dropped in that standard, watches one rebel surrender his "leather bomber jacket" for a "three-piece suit." Because he sort of means it, Ball rolls his R's like Johnny Rotten. Backing vocals ensue.