Four FIFA World Cup referees today announced their band The Cautions would tour Germany’s 12 World Cup venues playing song from their new album “Red Card Society.”
Billed as “the men in black,” it’ easy to dismiss the group as a cheap and obvious attempt to cash in on the World Cup mania gripping Germany. But, The Cautions’ songs have an infectious grove and complicated sound. The pop-quartet is backed by DEVO and produced by former Pet Shop Boys front man Neil Tennant, who both bring years of pop music rigor to the songs.
“Red Card Society” is a solid but uninspired album. Hits like “Back dat wall up” and “God musta spent some stoppage time on you” are true hip-hop standards with solid hooks and rhythms. And, power ballads, “Baby Why ya always gotta argue my call” and “Point to the Spot” are classic three cord rock tunes. But, the title track “Red Card Society” is trite. The song’s chorus pleads “Don’t blame me/You made your own bed/Studs Up/Now you see red!”
The Cautions will tour with Sepp Blatter and The Hotpants stating July 9th in Berlin.
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