It occurred to me that I hadn’t used the term “cheeky chappies” for a while – and, on reflection, quite rightly so – but Glasgow’s The Calm Fiasco seemed determined to motivate me to use it once more as the three songs on their self-titled EP have that unselfconscious three good old boys from your street just out to have fun feel to them.
Not a lot happens musically that would mark this band out from the crowd, as you might expect, but let’s make it clear that this isn’t art rock and, in the final analysis, it doesn’t matter for there’s always room for indie rock seasoned with wry Scottish humour in the hearts of those who shop at Asda. “You Only Live Once” kicks off the EP and it could just about be a love song with the sentimentality hacked off. That detached sentimentality then gets a new home in “Lemonade” although the song struggles under the weight of a maudlin and unconvincing vocal. The nervous energy of “Paperplane”, however, shows the band as one capable of creating a popular anthem if they put their mind to it.
So The Calm Fiasco would appear doing just fine here and you can’t argue with the value for money that you get with this EP. The EP is available from Bandcamp.