It’s hard to describe Bubbly Mommy Gun – with the standard indie rock fare, so much is assumed. And you always have the crutch of familiarity to fall back on: reused band comparisons and vocabulary. But with the rumored-to-be-defunct avant-garde poppers, it never seems like you’ve quite pinned them down. And no, this isn’t a clichéd treatise of “this band has broken down every convention” but a mild recognition that it’s hard to capture everything that makes Bubbly Mommy Gun who they are.
Yeah, Flagpole beat me to the punch on commenting on the wonderfully morbid opening line to ‘Some French,’ “You can’t break up with a dog/ You can only put him down.” But who’s to stop me from rehashing this piece of journalistic gold and reexamining the line as the unassuming wit it portrays – not built up as an overdone punch line but kind of just thrown out their as something that stuck as lyrics. Nestling in beside word play like “Los Estados Amigos,” the title of the EP that acts as a second half to 2012’s Sand Roses and the album’s opener “MIDI Fridge.”
It’s not quite self-deprecating but it’s what I would point to when I made my case for the Party Party Partners act as being one of the most Athens bands out there. Disregarding the audience’s glare and driving towards the cobbled together, bouncy rainbows of sound that twitch electronically with the laughable drum tracks and tinny MIDI keyboards. It’s not that they don’t care, it’s just that they don’t care about you looking over their shoulder and it’s an honesty that rewards us with some of the most twisted, catchy pop songs this side of Ariel Pink. Check out the arcade bliss that is “Some French” below.