The "Graffiti" EP from 2014, available on Bandcamp for the first time.
"Bonkers is a word that rarely gets used in reviews these days. I’m happy to revive it though to describe the brilliantly bonkers psych-pop of Giving It All I’ve Got, one of three covers on this four track EP by Canterbury’s Picturebox, led by Robert Halcrow.
This track, a cover of another Canterbury artist Luke Smith, alternates between robot vocals, indie pop, 1960s pyschedelia and spoken word from Emily Kennedy. As well as being utterly bonkers it is a darn clever track, managing to pack a lot of fun into its short three minutes.
There’s more fun too, with a rip roaring version of Bit Part, the Lemonhead’s classic indie-pop track from their stellar album It’s A Shame About Ray. Kennedy is back again here filling in the Juliana Hatfield role.
Halcrow’s third cover is an eponymous 2013 track from Papernut Cambridge, the ensemble project of Ian Button, one of the founders of Gare Du Nord records...
The last track to mention is the title track that opens the EP. At just over a minute it is an editor’s dream, delivering perfect indie-pop with no extra baggage and a similar decade spanning feel of Papernut Cambridge’s album There’s No Underground, one of 2014’s best releases. But while this short track about spontaneous love is a lovely slice of indiepop it is the Luke Smith cover that shines brightest as we eagerly await more clever musical bonkerness from Halcrow..."
Neon Filler www.neonfiller.com/wordpress/?p=10817
"...a cover of fellow Canterbury songwriter Luke Smith's ‘Giving It All I've Got’, it's a silly but irresistible blend of indiepop, 60s psych and 80s pop. This finds Picturebox mainman Robert Halcrow living up to the song's title by packing in the whole of his bag of tricks into one song. A series of increasingly bizarre keyboard effects cascade through the song, interspersed by occasional bursts of feedback and a robot voice. Emily Kennedy then pops up with a spoken word vocal interlude, before we get a brief burst of what sounds like the 'tension building' music from an early evening quiz show, some frenzied toy piano chords and then the chorus again."