Plug in & play review
Plug In + Play (Polydor/Universal Music)
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Choice Cut :
''No Sleep Tonight,'' ''Jump,'' ''Whatever It Takes,'' ''Girls Can Make
You Cry,'' ''Better Off Dead,'' ''She Just Wants To Be Loved,'' ''Here
With Me,'' ''You Know You Should''
Faders have been described as Girls Aloud with guitars. But don't
dismiss them as yet another girly-girl group. This good-looking trio
play edgy bubblegum power-pop with lots of fresh, catchy hooks like a
more wholesome-looking version of that seminal '70s band of "bad
girls," The Runaways. Well, they may not look as grungy as The
Runaways, but The Faders certainly have much of the same gutsy attitude
as the aforementioned band that Joan Jett used to front.
Such punchy songs with big bouncy beats like the singles "No Sleep
Tonight" and "Jump," as well as such tracks as "Better Off Dead" and
"She Just Wants To Be Loved" are bursting with a refreshing, tough,
no-nonsense attitude. There's also no mistaking the underlying
take-no-crap-from-no-one, independent rock chick demeanor that's at the
core of more down-tempo tracks like "Whatever It Takes," and
particularly in the sugar-coated barbs of "Girls Can Make You Cry."
"Here With Me" is about the closest they ever get to doing a
conventionally sweet love ballad.
Just like The Runaways, the subject matter of The Faders' songs
revolves around such timeless adolescent girls' concerns as sex ("No
Sleep Tonight"), the desire for love versus self-actualisation and
independence ("She Just Wants To Be Loved), and of course, romantic
relationships with boys -- as in almost all the other songs, but most
notably "Jump," "Here With Me," "Strange Boy," and "You Know You
Should." Regardless of the subject matter, there's no denying the
totally infectious spirit of pure, unpretentious fun and earnestness
that runs throughout this album.
Plug In + Play shows that The Faders are not your
run-of-the-mill all-girl pop group that's here today and gone tomorrow.
These girls can really write and play really good pop songs, and they
definitely have the talent, potential and drive to outlast other trendy
but trivial pop acts and last a long, long time in the fickle pop music
business. The Faders are definitely a band to watch.
-- Ivan Thomasz
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The Faders were in Kuala Lumpur recently where the boisterious girls
gave a thumping performance to a very small priviledge group of fans
whom went ballistic with their screams of appreciation!
Singing tracks off their new album, Plug In + Play, the
pretty trio also took some time to talk about their music, the origins
of their band and of course, equal opportunities in a male oriented
The young lasses are also MTV's Buzzworthy mention for August, so be
sure to tune in all month and give them all your raucous support!
This live performance in K.L. is an MTV Asia exclusive and we are
thrilled to have the entire showcase here for your viewing pleasure!
You can also catch them on MTV Asia -- MTV Presents: The Faders Live,
at the following times.
MTV Southeast Asia
Thu 18 Aug, 1830hrs
Sun 21 Aug, 2100hrs
Wed 24 Aug, 1630hrs
Sat 27 Aug, 1500hrs
Fri 19 Aug, 2130hrs
Sat 20 Aug, 1430hrs
Wed 24 Aug, 0930hrs
Sat 27 Aug, 1430hrs
Tue 30 Aug, 1400hrs
Mon 22 Aug, 1300hrs
Sat 27 Aug, 1100hrs
Mon 29 Aug, 1300hrs
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