What the hell is this? It sounds a little like Billy Bragg or Frank Turner or Joe Strummer . . . Or maybe The Libertines? Sex Pistols?
After a couple weeks of generally mediocre submissions hitting the mailbag, in comes Television Personalities latest “last” album, A Memory is Better Than Nothing. The band, the brainchild of Dan Treacy, has been making arty punk for a while now, like since 1978. Is this new album their best? No. But it’s damn good. Standout, rousing bar sing-alongs like “She’s My Yoko” and “Walk Towards the Light” are sentimental yet genuine; “Except for Jennifer” is moody psychedelia at its best; and “The Girl in the Hand Me Down Clothes” is a nice little pop number, albeit a slow one. There’s no barnburners here, no radio-friendly hits, and none are needed. It’s very cool to hear a guy who has been around for so long and can still punch out a solid, contemporary-sounding album.