In 2013 The Lloyd Pack released its debut record, At Home With The Lloyd Pack. A year later, Roger Lloyd-Pack, the distinguished British actor best known for his comic turn as Trigger in Only Fools & Horses, was dead. Coincidence?! Who knows. SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT.
The brainchild of the great Dan Melchior, various others have contributed to the conception and execution of TLP releases: Graham Lambkin, Zak Boerger and Johnny Brewton to name but a few. This latest LP, On Holiday With The Lloyd Pack, is effectively a duo record with Russell Walker (The Pheromoans, Bomber Jackets ++), with additional contributions from Letha Rodman Melchior and Anthony Allman, and moves aways from the almost hypnagogic mood-pieces of the previous records towards a more concise, riff-heavy but gloriously unmacho garage / DIY pop. The closer you look, the weirder it gets: sampled dialogue and monged-out percussions abound; song-structures are provisional, but the hooks are immediate and indelible. Like their deadpan namesake, they effortlessly blur the absurd and profound.. at times it feels like you could be listening to a more gentle Heavy Metal (?!), or a more good Billy Childish.
Particularly enjoying ‘Yellow and Green’ a sublime ballad, which comes over like Adam Bohman fronting Spiritualized. Walker handles the vocals with his distinctively withering Kentish mumble, and so unsurprisingly On Holiday is often reminiscent of his other bands' work (one day I will make a comp of only the very best Walker songs and it’ll be banging), but Melchior’s fingerprints are all over these songs and their strange, seasick sonics, nudging them from the realm of the purely documentary into the sublime. Full of strange juxtapositions, interconnections and non sequiturs, On Holiday With.. feels like the equivalent of a long boring train ride along the south coast reading David Seabrook, jittery with caffeine. Which happens to be exactly what I’m doing right now, and I can tell you is no bad thing at all.