If there are any great philosophers left in the world then I would imagine, or at least hope, that they are pondering the question of what, exactly, is a song for today? Think about it. There are no new trends left to follow and the music business lives only to reissue its back catalogue. However, somewhere in Nashville, is a punk American style trio called Ladyshark who, with their album “Lovesick” have managed to give us a tune or two to treasure whilst we endure our mundane existence.
Now, as the word punk implies, there is really nothing new to be found on this album but Ladyshark aren’t really a political band anyway and their sweet little love songs are, in reality, more restyles of sunny guitar pop than anything else. That’s no bad thing in my book.
So, songs for today? Well yes. Songs about love never go out of fashion and it has been some time since punk was actually in fashion so tying the two together seems like a curiously honest and logical approach for a band to have today. That, and I would dare anyone with working ears to avoid falling for the sugar coated splendour of “Stupid Love Song” or the revisited rebellion of “Never Grow Up”.
The times may not be a-changing anymore yet there are still songs for today to be found in the eleven songs that make up this rather endearing album.