ROCK AND ROLL IS DEAD REVIEWS
NME August 2002
"The bastard son of Mark E Smith and Phil Oakey, a Salfordian who found sonic sanctuary in Sheffield, Adrian Flanagan makes dirty, fucked-up electronic pop, and rather grand it is too. Assisted here by a Fat Trucker Ross and a member of I Monster, this is the sound of the Addam's Family and Cabaret Voltaire beating a mad tramp to death with several large analogue synths. He calls it 'rocktronica'. We'll settle for 'ace'. Just think: if electroclash had started in Yorkshire, not New York, this is what it would have sounded like."
Seven Update August 2002
"From a label with some of the freshest electronic produce of late - and partly responsible for introducing the genius of Cursor Miner onto the world - comes another ball-bending 7" of diy punk-electro with a lick of the pop paint. Jagged vocals cut across wonky, haunted-house synth-grooves on these two bona fide future-pop anthems. So different, and wonderful for it."
The Guardian August 2003
"Since getting a limited pressing earlier this year,this record has been hanging around all the best parties with the mischievous spirit of a bunch of errant youths swigging 20/20 outside the corner shop. Now set for a full release,it seems Adrian Flanagan(who is khla)is finally set to get inside. Scampering along the tightrope of danceability V daftness, this record has phat-ass vintage synth action to get the floor going, yet enough humour to recognise that, when one has the talents of the Human League's Phil Oakey to hand, he must sing lines like "Some machines have big Knobs/some machines have wires". Lots.
http://angryape.com August 2003 new
Replacing the comical vocals that donned the first composition, Phil Oakey of the Human League makes a welcome appearance and suits the tune wonderfully.
Proving yet again that not only is Long Arms a top musician, but a leader in his field, cheesy electronic bleeps, synths and lyrics about machines with "big knobs" have never sounded so ace.
'Rock N Roll' sounds fresh, modern and is definitely a standout track of the year. With a single so killer, you just know the album will be a stormer.
www.eye.net eye November 2003 new
"Some machines have big knobs / Some machines have wires / Rock And Roll is dead." Place these English-as-a-second-language lyrics into the mouth of the Human League frontman in the throes of his best Bowie impression, and layer them with one-man-band Adrian Flanagan's squealing videogame accompaniment, and you end up with a punk-electro single so dumb, it sounds smart.
www.losingtoday.com November 2003 new