I released an EP called CODSWALLOP in February this year. It got some kind reviews, below. You can listen to it and even buy it at my bandcamp over ‘nya.
Reviews from some folks:
Wildcat General Strike – Codswallop
WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 2013 | BY ANEEKA SIMONIS
Taking a reminiscent step back to our 80’s garage days, the retro-rock sounds of Wildcat General Strike are sure to get anyone’s heart racing in the latest five-track EP, Codswallop.
Wildcat General Strike, aka Melbourne man Paul Connor’s latest indie-rock fusion demands his audience’s undivided attention as he reaches out and rocks their aural atmosphere.
Wildcat General Strike’s first track ‘The Truth About Music’ kicks off the EP with a bold electric guitar and lyrics that tell of Connor’s story about music and the industry as a whole. Shining bright as an independent, alterative artist, the song has a fresh vibe that definitely gets you shaking your head all around.
The third track, ‘High School Days’ transports you right back to your shaggy-carpeted bedroom in your parent’s house, sitting on your bed next to your lava lamp trying to navigate your way around the angst, lust and rebellion of your teenage years. The song is epic! Playing on the reminiscent tensions of teenage hormones and the like, the song builds up to an incredible electric guitar lash-out, releasing with it all that cooped-up energy and frustrations of the years gone by.
The EP ended on a high note with their fifth track, ‘The World Is An Okay Place’ which I am confident in saying had the same feel and attitude of past Led Zeppelin tracks. It closes with a mosh-style jeering from an adoring crowd as people celebrate the power of music and rock. Reminiscent of the birth of the genre in late 50’s, it reminds us of the power of music; particularly how rock changed people and the industry forever.
Codswallop is a must have EP for underground rock-lovers. Wildcat General Strike’s music embodies the ideas of resistance and passion, all of which is executed with the same attitude and energy as past rock legends across the globe.
Review: Wildcat General Strike – Codswallop EP
Jan Wisniewski April 17, 2013
Wildcat General Strike is Melbourne man Paul Connor and Codswallop is the second EP. Self-produced and brimming with off-centre energy, Codswallop is an interesting document for an artist just beginning his career.
New single, “The Truth About Music”, works exceptionally well as an opener – kicking things off with momentum. The overarching guitar riff is given prominence throughout as Connor puts on a Northern England drawl to deglamourise the role of music in our lives. The song is propelled forward by layers of guitar and distortion which reappear regularly in later songs.
The first touch of Bowie eccentricity comes through on the very brief Schadenfraude. Despite its length, it features perhaps the best chorus on the EP and its wonder why Connor didn’t pursue it further. Having said that it does work exceedingly well as a lead into “High School Diploma”. This song has already got some love through triple j Unearthed and it’s not hard to see why. It’s spacious, bass-heavy verse gives way to a fuzzed-out chorus that is hard to resist. It is the standout track in terms of accessibility, even managing to incorporate some beneficial 80s-style guitar wankery in its final moments.
The constant use of the clean opening to guitar-overload becomes a little grating by fourth track, “Throw Me A Bone”. It would be nice to hear a further exploration of the strange-funk that underpins the track without being bombarded by guitar at some point. “Throw Me A Bone” does highlight the oddball lines that Connor drops into his lyrics and on repeated listens to the EP it becomes clear that there is more weight to this release than it would seem on surface level.
Codswallop closes with “The World Is An OK Place”; and if “The Truth About Music” was a great opener, well then this is a near-perfect final track. While Connor has been guardedly pessimistic for much of the EP, he cautiously opens up for a track that comes close to celebratory. The layers of instrumentation are still there but this time the guitar work settles back into the mix and allows Connor to deliver a very cool piece of retro glam.
It’s hard to pin down the intentions of the enigmatic Paul Connor. If his amateur but oddly-effective videos for “The Truth About Music” and “High School Diploma” are anything to go by, he will be happy to achieve local fame on an eccentric mix of rocking tunes and weirdo-wit. However for someone this talented there is room for him to break structure and further explore the musical and lyrical themes he touches on with Codswallop. (self released)
The AU Review:
Album Review: Wildcat General Strike – Codswallop (2013 EP)
April 16, 2013 – 11:36pm — Meredith McLean
This is another garage rock band from down south, Melbourne to be exact, that I wish I’d found sooner. The only big difference here is this is a one-man show fueled by Paul Connor. If I could trade it all just to spend a day in the 80s I would. But the next best thing is this guy and his act – Wildcat General Strike. Ignoring the already flashing imagery of Thundercats that the name gives me his sound reminds me of the days I never got to see.
“The Truth About Music” is the first track and I’m already keen to hear more. Think grooving beats, tambourines, fuzzy riffs and eargasmic lyrics. “The truth about music, is not that important…” amongst other revelations and comments is such a feel good kick off to this EP.
“Schadenfraude” is not only a title I can’t understand but the lyrics a distorted a tad much for me to pick up on. The melody is mellow enough for me to sway to but it’s definitely not as strong as the first track.
“High School Diploma” is softer but by no means weaker. The synths layered between the crunchy guitars are too good to pass up. Coming back to that tangent about the 80’s Wildcat General Strike have put together a great 80’s mash-up video too. See how many you can match the reference to.
The tone changes again with “Throw Me A Bone”. Going for more of a spacey vibe before bringing out the fuzzy riffs again this track is very retro. But not as good as the final track, “The World Is An OK Place”. I actually get a bit of a Bowie aura with this track before it spins out into obscurity towards the end. Old Bowie mind you, not Bowie’s newest stuff. Admittedly, it’s the last thing I expected from Paul Connor but it works nonetheless.
Overall this is a stellar line-up for the EP. I plan to keep tabs on Paul Connor and what more we might see from Wildcat General Strike
Review Score: 8.8 out of 10