Sidd Coutto is a man who always does what he wants and he rightly doesn’t give a rat’s ass about what people around him think. The drummer of Zero and lead singer of Tough on Tobacco has become famous on the indie circuit for his laid-back music and zany onstage antics. With the release of his first solo album, ‘Sunny Side Up’, produced by Hans Dalal, we find him doing his own thing, which is nothing to complain about.
The album could in some ways be deemed self-indulgent. As I mentioned before, it’s basically Sidd Coutto being, well, Sidd Coutto. The eight tracks, all of which have been performed and produced entirely by him, are effortless, eccentric and melodic. Some of the songs may even sound like toned-down Tough on Tobacco tracks. With that being said, it’s still one of the most fun-to-listen-to albums I have heard in a while. These are the tracks that, well, caught my ear –
‘Free’ is one of those songs that can instantly transport you to a happy place. It speaks of freedom and optimism, and though the lyrics are quite simple, Sidd successfully paints a vivid landscape of places where he would like to go, in his own quirky style. It is a great song to start the album with, and it’s even better to hear Sidd Coutto in his element. He constantly sings the line, “I don’t give a flying fuck no more”, and I found myself humming the same before the song was over.
Aim to Please
This one is classic Coutto; what with its catchy guitar and nonsensical lyrics. He speaks about things which make absolutely no sense on first listen (Baby, baby, let me entertain, Gotta have a little pain, And I’ll be your Kurt Cobain). Nevertheless, Coutto’s easy-going vocals, coupled with a hilarious trumpet piece (played by Sidd himself) will have you bobbing your head like an idiot in no time. Plus, the subtle touch of reggae sees him firmly re-establishing himself as the #3 Rasta wannabe from Hill Road.
One of the darker songs that Coutto has recorded, it is my favourite off the album. One of the reasons for the same is that it completely took me by surprise. It also lends a credible amount of depth to an otherwise peppy collection of songs. Just like the rest of the record, the lyrics are still very straightforward, but he’s managed to capture the feel of the song well.
A word of warning – Sidd Coutto might be one of the most versatile acts around, but you’ll be disappointed if you’re looking for something new in this album. As I mentioned before, the songs may sound like some mellow ToT material. One shouldn’t try and dissect the songs too much, because they aren’t designed to make the listener think too hard. I suggest you simply enjoy the songs just as much as the artist has evidently enjoyed making them. Sit back when you’re all by yourself on a lazy Sunday afternoon, and relax as Sidd Coutto helps you “take off for a while, and get away from city life”.
To the point of sounding corny, just chill out and look at the ‘sunny side’ of things.
The album is up for free download here.