8/10 Clinton Staff review, 21 December 2008When you are as old as me then you start to see things coming round for a second or third time. Its a very good job that this new LP 'The Fields' by Blank Dogs says across the back in huge letters 'Recorded in 2008' because I could have sworn that this was produced from the minds of 5 disturbed raincoat wearing young men from Stalybridge....... in 1981. Brian chuckled with laughter when I suggested that these lot (ok its apparently just one guy) were trying to be Bauhaus but failing. But this is kind of whats great about it. Its Bauhaus gone completely mental. Drum machine (or drums sounding like drum machine) - check. Flanged bass - check. Bernard Sumner type guitar strumming -check. Vocal that makes Ian Curtis sound like Jimmy Somerville - check. Its absolutely shambolically performed but like the Wavves record (which is on the same label Woodsist co-incidentally) there are some pretty good tunes there beneath the murk and at times they brighten up as if their mums have come along and fed them lashings and lashings of jelly and ice cream and they get giddy and start sounding like early My Bloody Valentine, The Cure or The Wake. So all in all an enjoyable romp.
8/10 caren ball Customer review,
this must be about the 15th blank dogs release in the last 2 years and this one is almost tuneful in a poppy way. Still has the distorted vocals and the humming synths but less scary. It also marks at last the vinyl appearance of 'spinning' which has a massive drum sound and great chorus. I can see no reason why this shouldnt be a huge hit. The sleeve is also one of the best of the year. So roll on more blank dogs - double lp on in the red and 2 more 7's in the next couple of months
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