It is always interesting when a band personally reaches out to you via social media regarding reviewing their music – especially when they choose the medium of Twitter. They have 140 characters to convince you why you should give up your time to listen to their music. Luckily I was in a good mood and have a soft spot for Britpop bands, especially when they have a South African tour in the works.
What is intriguing about The Curious Incident is how incredibly South African they sound. Their brand of alt-pop is of a distinctively similar sound to a large amount of South Africa’s indie bands – either we copied them or they picked up on the South African scene and drew influence from it. I’d like to believe the latter.
The Curious Incident are one of those aloof Britpop bands that always manage to create infectiously upbeat songs about tragic romantic situations. In this particular song, the situation revolves around a love triangle, yet “Might As Well Swim” has an upbeat sense of happiness. It is as if the band has a blasé and uncaring attitude to the entire situation, or rather they would not want to get involved in a love triangle but cling to the hope that the girl would ditch it. The entire song comes at you from behind a wall of twangy electric guitar chords, off-tempo drum beats and funky bass riffs. It leaves you with a warm and fuzzy feeling in your stomach but it is also easily forgotten the next day if you are like me and listen to a lot of music. Despite saying this, the song will jump into your head at utterly random and unexpected moments. A solid effort by The Curious Incident.