This is a review of "Twelve" recorded by ¡Forward, Russia!. The review was written by Mark Casci in 2006.
Fast becoming THE British band to namedrop amongst Britain’s indie intelligentsia, ¡Forward, Russia! represent the new bastions of British art rock. For the uninitiated, ¡FR! wear matching t-shirts on stage, name their songs after the order in which they were written and play splendiferous new-wave electric punk noise that manages the impossible of being dark and foreboding, yet beautiful and uplifting - all at the same time. In short they are absolutely awesome and are justifiably garnering much attention across the country.
For this, their second single the band have even ordained to print the lyrics this time, so we can finally decipher what singer Tom is screaming about so wondrously over the band’s white noise genius. What we get is a punch a hole in sky anthem that already promises to be one of the singles of 2006.
It is almost difficult to attach enough hyperbole to the Russians. They’re wonderfully imaginative songwriters who infuse tonnes of energy into every single second of every single song. They are awesome live and to top it of they seem to keep getting better and better. This reviewer is so impressed he plans to start a nationwide campaign to get this single blasted into space alongside a copy of the Mona Lisa and the works of Shakespeare as an indication to any potential extra-terrestrials of what life is like on planet earth.
Deserves to shoot to the top of the nations charts at the speed of light and stay there until the sun swells up and explodes, taking this wonderful record, and all of this crazy inhabitants with it.