Their debut for Speedy Wunderground, Cornwall’s Moreish Idols release their scintillating master-tale ‘Speedboat’.
Those who have glazed over ‘World Speedboat Championships’ meets on Youtube (it’s worth a brief and gleeful watch, trust) will know the visceral perils of a forbidding motor vehicle. High-engine speeds chopping ‘cross coastal waters, hulking sharks of steel rocking themselves into the air, lifted by their own insane, blood-curdling velocities.
Take this image, and imagine, a (not-so) humble postman. Whizzing along Venetian Rivers, delivering cardboard boxes and love-letters, in one such formidable fucker, at such preposterous tempos! Frontperson Jude Lilley – of Cornwall-born Quintet Moreish Idols – was darned fortunate enough to see this miraculous spectacle in the flesh:
“…a white speedboat drifted at full speed into our view and pulled up to the jetty. EDM blasted from the boat, as a slick, well built man in wrap around shades and a red polo shirt inspected his vast pile of parcels. He bent down, grabbed a stack and hopped off the boat. After making the drop at the house behind us, he hopped back into the motor and shot off into the canals. That’s when I knew: I wanted to be a postman in Venice.”
Such monumental visions deserve monumental depictions. Moreish Idols’ debut preserves all the absurd bravado of this sighting into one restive, psychedelic post-punk extravagance. A band who write only when all are in the same room; ‘Speedboat’ offers the results of five musical minds meshing and remeshing. Motoring through off-beat tangents and excursions with unhinged propulsion. Throughout this turbulent track, cantankerous surges of splintered guitars get chewed up and spat out. Sometimes in sketchy-abstract fragmentation, other times in clusterfucks of laser-pointed focus and intensity.
Moreish Idols unrestrained energies here will provide pleasure to many.
Photo by Holly Whitaker