Pete And The Pirates - Knots

'Knots' amounts to a cheerful strum-along accompaniment to an entry from the diary of an idle loafer.

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Released 8 Oct 2007 | | By Richard Stokoe | Rating: 2-5
Pete And The Pirates - Knots

The Enemy cross swords with GoodBooks, under the watchful eye of Skids, for this bounce along number that's aimed squarely at the heart of the teenage indie throng. It probably goes without saying that it seems a dangerous move these days to try and write a song that is anything other than a commentary on how normal everyday life can be, as if to subvert the pattern will result in commercial suicide and/or being branded freaks. And so it is that 'Knots' amounts to a cheerful strum-along accompaniment to an entry from the diary of an idle loafer, featuring a lyrical description of getting out of bed, getting your socks on, navigating the stairs, etc. The post-punk guitar line that spearheads the track is the one saving grace.

The b-side, on the other hand, is presumably Pete and the Pirates letting their guard down. 'The Wrong Man' is a joyous and sweaty freakbeat romp that takes a swipe at groupies and freeloaders to the tune of a Horrors versus The Bees mash up. If this is the sound of the band in their natural artistic habitat, then they should stay right there.