You faintly suspect that The Date’s ambition is to be the band playing in some dive in the background of an old grindhouse biker movie that would eventually descend in a bar fight which they would gleefully score. From the murderous lovers on the run set to a Stonesy early ’70s riff on opener Let Me Drive, Sedated consistently marries messy, good time rock’n’roll to joyously dark sentiment.
Scarify (key line ‘Know what I like / it’s a girl with a knife’) would almost be pretty if it weren’t so sinister and Kiss And Tell, in amongst its ‘Hell Yeah’ chorus warns against self-harm. In the less complicated corner are the scuzzily catchy I Don’t Mind (probably the album’s peak) and the grinning ode to band-related alcoholism, One For My Baby.
Not being an especially diverse record, it perhaps runs out of steam towards the end – those wanting ballads, or impressive vocal range are advised to look elsewhere. But if you want a sinewy chunk of party music, or just need a soundtrack to your next bar fight, The Date will happily oblige.