Junior Bill are a Cardiff crew who’ve built a reputable name for themselves thus far, with a superb blend of punky, ska-tinged and soulful and rock ‘n’ roll. And it is business as usual, as Junior Bill continue this fine, fine form with new single ‘Respectable Man’.
Taken from their forthcoming new EP, Off Broadway, Respectable Man’s punky, ska-tinged skank falls somewhere between The Specials and The Clash. Amid all the steady ska-punk rhythms, sunny guitars, energetic escapades, organs and reverb-laden dubby tendencies, combining to stunningly ear-catching effect, there is substance to this slick style. Nichols’ lyrical prowess and storytelling ability has, and remains, second to none. The song’s got a clever narrative, of a narrow-minded Daily Mail readying type (ya know, like Alan Partridge, with even less charm) and his encounters with people in search of a few charitable quid. The video by Joe Marvelly is none too bad either, as it further elaborates on the tune’s narrative. Brilliant!