Papas Fritas - Papas Fritas (1995) / Helioself (1997)
Three non-ironic scruffs present simple, unadulterated pop with an appreciation for Sixties and Seventies sunshine – with cheesiness relatively restrained (unless you watch the videos). The songs come off a little light sometimes, but they deploy masterful repetition and surprisingly tight arrangements. It helps that the band is not afraid to write a killer bass line or to toss off a feedback-drenched solo when necessary. I am enjoying their sunshine on this cold Cape Town evening.
"Afterall" from Papas Fritas
"Hey Hey You Say" from Helioself
"Holiday" from Papas Fritas