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Help She Can't Swim
Bunty Vs Beano

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Help She Can't Swim
Hospital Drama / Wake Up

HELP SHE CAN'T SWIM: "Hospital Drama", Good god, I can't keep up w/ kids today. One minute they're rushing about like there's no tomorrow then they get too knackered then have to slow down, pretty much like this tune. Energy and urgency in droves but where's it going? Back to some 70's style new wave with a break down in the mi...view item »
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Chow Chow
Dear Francis

Swiftly moving onto CHOW CHOW with their 2nd single on Fantastic Plastic. Dear Francis is a red vinyl 7" only release. The last single included free crayons and the new one includes a dice and some tiddlywinks style counters. The front of the sleeve is some sort of board game. You get the idea? Anyway it's a Pixies...view item »
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The North Sea Scrolls
The North Sea Scrolls

I’ve long been a fan of Luke Haines. I celebrate him as one of the country’s most acerbic, mischievous and underappreciated songwriters, and he’s more often impressed than disappointed, from the proto-Britpop glory of ...view item »
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Luke Haines
Nine And A Half Psychedelic Meditations On British Wrestling Of The 1970’s And Early 80’s

Ah, the concept album. A dangerous territory to tread, which so often ends in overblown melodrama. Luke Haines, however, is no ordinary songwriter, and this is a spooky, understated collection of psych-pop numbers with Haines's half-hissed, half-crooned vocals regaling us with tales of tr...view item »
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Bearsuit
Oh: i0

Bearsuit are a tremendous band. The more I hear them the more bonkers and crazed I think they are. They make some the wonkiest lunacy I've ever heard. Here's their new album 'Oh io' which is chocka full of crazed indie pop tunes that swirl and slide all around the place. There's something disturbing about this band. At times it can be sickly and sw...view item »
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Umlaut
Winter Coat

Fabulous little 7" on Fantastic Plastic by Umlaut entitled 'Winter Coat' that should appeal to any lover of the current burgeoning C86 revival (see The Lodger etc) They've got that spindly, trebly Sheffield NOW sound & all the adorable lovelorn hallmarks that makes quality indie pop so timeless. John Peel would...view item »
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Kubichek
Taxi

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The Immediate
Stop & Remember

THE IMMEDIATE . Another bunch of buzz band folk making melodic indie pop with an epic feel. I quite liked the last single by these as it didn't sound new wave or disco or bedwetter damp. I really can't think of much else to say except I can imagine them keeping the festival masses happy with their blend of classic guitar pop....view item »
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Backwater
Earthly Faces On Alien Places

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Guillemots
Trains to Brazil

First up is ebay favourites Guillemots. Now you'd have been forgiven for thinking their last single was good by the way it flew off the shelves. In fact it became a nice little earner for anyone who bought it as within weeks it was fetching £80 plus. Bonkers. After being mentally scarred by the Kenny G isms of the last single...view item »
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The Strange Death Of Liberal England
A Day Another Day

New on Fantastic Plastic is a limited 7" by THE STRANGE DEATH OF LIBERAL ENGLAND. It's called A Day Another Day and I'm just waiting for it not to sound like Guillemots. Thankfully it doesn't. It starts off reasonably non descript but it turns into this super epic thing which oozes competence and confidence. It swaggers along like a load of ri...view item »
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Race Horses
Goodbye Falkenburg

Race Horses are an odd bunch. Psych-glam britpop whimsy with a stuffed kingfisher adorning their album sleeve. They've definitely got something highly appealing about them but simultaneously do my nut in. I think it's that 'Cake' song that started it all. There's something archly wry about them, a bit like The Chap. I get a sense that they love The...view item »
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Race Horses
Man In My Mind EP

Racehorses are the latest signing on Fantatsic Plastic who've been well quiet of late. It's the 2nd release as their debut was a limited CD single which we had a few of but they went well sharp! Anyway this is apparently all about a fella who's well into Gnosticism and TV mentalist Bear Grylls which sends him crackers. It would do though... lets fa...view item »
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Luke Haines
21st Century Man

I'm enjoying the fact that there's a track called 'White Honky Afro' on the new Luke Haines album. And the picture of him on the inside cover raising a glass to you, the listener, is something to see as well. I think you know what you're getting with this fella by now what with his myriad releases under various guises down the years and it's hard t...view item »
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Race Horses
Cake

Intriguing 2 track single from Race Horses on the almost dormant Fantastic Plastic. 'Cake' is a 3 minute romp that sounds like Colder, Squeeze, The Beatles & Alvin Stardust all at once. A classic sounding slice (groan....) of motorik glam pop and camp R 'n' B with a dash psychedelia that couldn't sound more 70's if it donned flares & shit f...view item »
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William Campbell & Kevin McNeil
Local Man Ruins Everything

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iLiKETRAiNS
The Christmas Tree Ship

I'd always assumed iLiKETRAiNS were shit, probably because of their silly name and the fact that I've never seen them on any decent bills despite the fact they're from around here. So finally I get to hear them on The Christmas Tree Ship and, much to my surprise, they're actually pretty good and do a completely different type of music to what I'd e...view item »
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The Black Arts
Christmas Number One

Art Brut and Black Box Recorder have teamed together to form the Black Arts and it being the season to be jolly here's their xmas smash single 'Christmas Number One' (not Christine Number One which I spastically called it on the site for a while). This is a glam stompy fun packed journey through Christmas and it's well funny.... all very tongue in ...view item »
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The Strange Death Of Liberal England
Oh Solitude EP

The Strange Sounds of Liberal England release their 2nd single on Fantastic Plastic. This one comes in a nice oversized sleeve like the last one. These folks defo have something about 'em and I really can't put my finger on it. I seem to remember thinking they had loads of energy in my last review of 'em and that's what stands out here as well. Bri...view item »
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The Strange Death Of Liberal England
Angelou

My fave band name today is The Strange Death of Liberal England. I've never heard 'em before because I was skiving off work for 8 months and their 3rd single 'Angelou' is upon us already. They've got lots of segments to their tuneful anthemic indie and the main vocalist has a startling pitch to his voice going on which makes it all sound quite Spar...view item »
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Chow Chow
Chow Chow EP

CHOW CHOW are a new signing to Fantastic Plastic. They're new self titled single is limited to 500 copies one each format and the 7" comes with a bunch of crayons so you can draw all over the cover. Alternatively you could crack the crayons out and add some colour to your living room wall. The blandness of the white be...view item »

Oppenheimer
Look Up

Oppenheimer release a new 7" on Fantastic Plastic called 'Look Up'. Their album came out a while back on Smalltown America but Fantastic Plastic picked it up and if you ignored the reissue and you're not sure then maybe this 7" is a fun place to start. Hugely energetic indie rock which reminds me Ash when Charlotte Hatherley was involved....view item »

Kubichek
Nightjoy

And over to KUBICHEK who have their debut Nightjoy re released. I think it's been re recorded.... it certainly sounds like it's been buffed up and polished. When it started I thought it sounded like The Cult and then he started singing and that went away pretty quickly. Thankfully.... The main problem I have with this is the f...view item »

The Sinking Citizenship
Shake / Last Minute Intevention

This weeks pretenders to the coveted throne are the excellently named The Sinking Citizenship with a CD on Sweet Nothing. I've recently been reading Simon Reynolds fine, fine book on post punk Rip it up and Start Again. A splendid read (but where oh where were XTC?). Anyway once...view item »
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Bearsuit
Foxy Boxer

Those cheeky Bearsuit scamps have a 7" out on Fantastic plastic amusingly titled 'Foxy Boxer'. You immediately get the idea that these folks have a real lust for life, such is the fun-ness emanating from the groove. The guy sounds a bit more somber than the girl who I imagine never sleeps. The bassline wobbles throughout like a big fat wobbly ...view item »
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The Futureheads
1-2-3 Nul! EP

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Bearsuit
Team Ping Pong

The days of Sarah Records et al are long gone. Indie is such a commodity now. Thing is, it seems that now everyone is content embracing  this kind of post punk new wave mod garage that's being rehashed every week, only to reveal some spindly bunch of mullet sporting chancers badly ripping off The Only Chameleons & Psychedelic J...view item »
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Bearsuit
More Soul Than Wigan Casino

Bearsuit: 'More Soul Than Wigan Casino' (Fantastic Plastic) What the graying dancers would make of this title or the musical efforts I don't know... what you get is shouty Go Team-esque anthemic pop. Picture disc 7". (A punchier Research crossed with The Curtains - Mr Productino)...view item »
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Chow Chow
Colours & Lines

First up is the Chow Chow 'Colors & Lines' CD on Fantastic Plastic. I heard that the singer/ guitarist died recently which is obviously a tragic thing. Still I'm sure he'd be pleased to know the album would be released posthumously. Even if I didn't like this I'd feel bad kicking it cos he's dead. Weird one that. Well fortunately Fantastic Plasti...view item »
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The Futureheads
First Day

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The Strange Death Of Liberal England
Forward March

The Strange Death Of Liberal England: "Forward March" (Fantastic Plastic) subtitled as eight traditional marching songs, this collection of gnarled post-rock summons up a kinda crazed form of folk-rock in it's use of power chords, swinging, lulling melodies and quiet-loud-quiet dynamics. Eight tracks in total that can be compared to early Arcade ...view item »
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The Victorian English Gentlemens Club
La Mer/ Stupid As Wood

What's this 7" wood in my hand??? now come on dirty boys...I'm referring to the new Victorian English Gentleman single entitled: "La Mer" / "Stupid As Wood". Sounds like Blood Red Shoes... Mingus is referring to it as posh tottie rock. Simple child like tunes with attitude song by boy and girl. Kind of Gothic and trendy sou...view item »
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Bricolage
Looting Takes The Waiting Out of Wanting

Its' getting on now.... Here's the new BRICOLAGE 7" after the stormaway sell out on Creeping Bent.  Looting Takes The Waiting Out Of Wanting is a top little tune with some of the jangliest guitars I've heard in ages. Proper indie with massive nods to early Orange Juice and the Postcard gubbins. It's a great li...view item »
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Help She Can't Swim
The Death Of Nightlife

I can recall my first two weeks working at this place we had a 7" in from Help She Can't Swim. For some reason that remains unknown to this day Phil would say the name of the band in the most ridiculous pseudo German accent. The mind boggles. Anyway onto 'The Death Of Nightlife' then, their new full length on Fantastic Plastic. Limited edition...view item »
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The Victorian English Gentlemens Club
The Victorian English Gentlemens Club

Another prime cut of quality indie comes courtesy of THE VICTORIAN ENGLISH GENTLEMEN'S CLUB & their debut self titled CD. More than a sum of their parts, a boy & two girls, this Pixies inspired band sure know how to string a powerful tune together. I like his voice, it's slightly nerdy & cracked yelpy style compliment...view item »
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Guillemots
Of The Night (really ltd LIVE ep)

Brian's idea of a joke is pressing play on THE GUILLEMOTS 'Of The Night' EP turning it up really loud and then leaving the room. Well the joke has back-fired on him as he's just come back into the room and told me he actually likes the track 'She's Evil'. It's like Nine Inch Nails lite. Definitely the darker side of this schizo...view item »
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The Victorian English Gentlemens Club
Impossible Sightings Over Shelton / Train

The Victorian English Gentlemen's Club have impressed me so far. The album got played a few times in the office (a remarkable achievement these days) and everytime I heard it I loved it. They do the Pixies really well I have to say. It's a great sound to borrow from to be honest and I'd rather bands were nicking from Pixies...view item »
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Bearsuit
Stephen F***ing Spielberg

I quite like Bearsuit. I don't own anything by 'em but they embrace the whole spirit of indie so much it's untrue. Actually it's very true come to think of it. Their new single is called Steven F***ing Spielberg....have they not seen The Goonies?? This is total indie with a disturbed edge and a whole shedload of flutes. It comes with a f...view item »
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Ikara Colt
Basic Instructions EP

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Ikara Colt
Sink Venice

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Ikara Colt
One Note

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Ikara Colt
Modern Feeling

Those cheeky London scamps, Ikara Colt, are back with a new single called 'Modern Feeling' & for the1st time since first hearing them, I can honestly say I don't like this. Dunno if they're going for the daytime radio play angle, but this features a rather crass & rubbish riff, new wave-y disco beat & stinks of indie disco do...view item »
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Ikara Colt
Modern Apprentice

London rabble rousers Ikara Colt return with their second album "Modern Apprentice". Now I love this caustic, punky  4 piece to bits but didn't they once spout off the legend that any band who makes more than X amount of records should be shot? Well, luckily for them I think everyone's forgotten. Especially as this is a fi...view item »
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Ikara Colt
Wanna Be That Way

London noiseniks Ikara Colt return with a new 7" & 2 CD singles. 'Wanna Be That Way' retains the template of yore, namely that whole Sonic Youth/scruffpunk (tm) axis I love so much. Sneering, snarling lyrics & a brilliant guitar hook underpinned by chaotic, flailing drums & a pure, rumbl...view item »
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Buffseeds
Who Stole The Weekend

Buff Seeds - this is play-by-numbers indie rock with female vocals and polished production. Who Stole The Weekend is completely inoffensive but completely charmless....view item »
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Ikara Colt
Rudd

Ikara Colt release a new single and it's rather fast and noisy. Edgey new wave punk with balls the size the melons. Punk ain't my bag but these do it well and it's interesting cos you can hear bits of Can in there which is always a good thing in my book. Rudd is ruddy excellent... gerrit?...view item »
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Angelica
Take Me I'm Your Disease

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