Officer! - Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes
Officer! was founded by Londoner Mick Hobbs. His roots were in the Rock In Opposition scene of the late 70s and early 80s. Initially he worked as guitarist in The Work, subsequently he became closely associated with This Heat and their Cold Storage Studio in Brixton, working with artists like Family Fodder, Catherine Jauniaux or Zeena Parkins. “Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes ” was the band’s fourth album and came out as a vinyl LP in 1988, released by the band themselves. Performing on the album are Antoine Gindt, Bill Gilonis, Claudia Schmid, Daniel Koskowitz, Felix Fiedorowicz, Keisuke Matsui and of course Mick Hobbs. Hobbs is a songwriter with a gift for plangent melody, ingenious arrangement and lyrics at once caustic and courtly, playful and profound.
“Yes Yes No.. wanders from quirky sing-song child-like tunes with angular edges & subtly sarcastic lyric onto unwell recorder & synth work-outs with Hobbs wordy & cutting vocals been joined waving female vocals. Through jaunting-yet-off-kilter twee-pop strum along with throbbing synth undertones & playful world music elements. Onto off-color & sinister slurred white man funk, over to awkward indie rock wonders.”
(Musique Machine, July 2020)