Havana Affair: Fight Magpies With Magpies
By Alistair Wickens
Havana Affair claim that their music has been described as being like listening to circus ponies on crack but this debut album wasn't nearly as exciting as I imagine seeing small horses on class A drugs would be. What it is, however, is a raw example of low-fi punk rock songs with no apparent ambition in life but to be low-fi. I get the feeling that with better production (and the bigger budget to pay for it) these guys could have a great recorded sound that would do their music some justice, instead of making them sound as though they recorded in someone's bedroom with the windows open. It's not all bad though, around the middle of the album there are some great songs. In particular the track about the white ninja of Wellington's Cuba Street shows that these Porirua locals can make a decent fist of songwriting Their live show, I'm led to believe, is full of energy, passion and poppy punk. A shame the album couldn't capture that and showcase the band in a better light.