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    • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011

    • Posted by: David Pitz

    If in your first six months of existence as a band you've managed to provoke curmudgeonly old Liam Gallagher to dub you anything, even if it's "little posh boys with tattoos," well, you must be doing something right. Spend a few minutes with this concert release from Viva Brother, and it's fairly easy to see why the tambo-wielding, elder statesman of pomp threw a highly publicized tantrum in reaction to the best thing to come out of Slough since The Office (Ricky Gervais style). These brash and stylish bunch o' Brits corner the current day market on "grit pop," delivering a highly anticipated debut album in Famous First Words that feels like the perfect nostalgic dust-up between vintage, mid-nineties heavyweights like Blur and Oasis. The guitar riffs are of Parklife's deliciously gooey nature, the band's attitude cock of the walk, reminiscent of you know who. Look no further than that album title of theirs'-- oh, and lead singer Lee Newell's reply to Liam's grievances ("He's the one living in a mansion"). And then there are the songs. High flying, melodic concoctions like "Darling Buds of May," "New Year's Day," and "High Street Low Lives" are cocked and ready to rip across the global airwaves-- exactly what they've been doing all year in their native Britain. Now it's time for the US to catch a little Brotherly love. We suggest starting with this decadent performance piece captured earlier this Fall at the Baeblemusic Launch Pad.

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