We were NOT influenced by Orange Juice, XTC or Wire. Morrissey did NOT change our lives. We did NOT form at artschool. We are BORED of indie disco. We LOVE making POP NOISE.
I loved their second single, Blue Sky Grey, a battery of brutal guitars and smart pop tunes, short and sweet, like a collision of Buzzcocks-style punk immediacy, The Undertones' youthful joie de vivre and Dinosaur Jr's late 80s raw chaos.
I love their current single, London Sky Tonight, which is more of the above and that, let there be no mistake, is a very good thing.
I love the way they split up after three singles. There are so many great bands who should've done that before they pissed their talent up the wall and marred their original spirit. Three singles, thrown out with no fanfare but much glorious POP NOISE (oh yes) and that's that.
I hate the fact that I never got off my arse to see them live when I had plenty of chances to do so. I don't like the debut single, Pangs of Guilt, so much as it comes too close to their wishes to be a grunge band, when what they were best at was buzzsaw pop punk.
But one great single (London Sky Tonight) is far more than most bands ever achieve. Add to that one classic single (Blue Sky Grey) and The Bridge Gang's legacy is greater than most other bands', whatever those bands might think. And you've got to love them for that.
One third of The Bridge Gang now leads The Olympians. I saw them the other week at RoTa, but it's too soon (and their myspace has no songs) to tell how good they'll be. Still, if they're half as good as The Bridge Gang and make just the one great single, it'll be enough.