This review will appear in the forthcoming issue of The Big Takeover:
Scotland’s Bubblegum Lemonade is the brainchild of one man, Lawrence “Laz” McCluskey, and he seems pretty intent on kickstarting a C86 revival with this outfit, as well as his other band Strawberry Whiplash. I’m certainly not complaining! If you are a fan of early Primal Scream, Jesus and Mary Chain, The Primitives and Shop Assistants, as well as classic ‘60s tunesmiths like The Byrds, Doubleplusgood will be right up your alley with its ringing Rickenbackers, fuzz in all the right places, and, most importantly infectious melodies. This is a summery pop record with a lot of substance. Also highly recommended is the “Susan’s In The Sky” EP. While the title track is one of the standouts on the album, the three non-LP B-sides, including a poppy reinterpretation of Big Star’s “Holocaust,” are equally fantastic.
More info on Bubblegum Lemonade can be found on the Matineé Recordings website