Connan and The Mockasins – Sneaky Sneaky Dogfriend/ I Nude You (EMI/Regal)

Sun Records founder Sam Phillips was not an antipodean. Neither were any of the Beatles. But clearly, as these two singles demonstrate, the sound and spirit of their music made it down to New Zealand. ‘Sneaky Sneaky Dogfriend’ owes more to the former influence. It’s a stomping rocker with a chugging rhythm, a buoyant, tic-tac bass-line, and an infectious (if largely inane) vocal hook punctuated by razor sharp guitar stabs. There are even some ‘dog’ howls for good measure. The B-side, ‘I Nude You’, showcases another side of the Kiwi trio, a White Album-esque balance between loose experimentation and tight composition. At almost five and a half minutes, it’s a smoking, bluesy slow-burner with carefully layered vocals and incendiary, exquisitely controlled guitar work from Connan. What these two tracks lack in lyrical profundity, they make up for with their charm, originality, and superb musicianship. Irrefutably, there is something special here. [BH]

Release Date: 4 Dec

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