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  • X.Enc by Neils Children


X.Enc by Neils Children
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8/10 Brian 14 May 2009
Lahndan boyz Neils Children return with a right raucous new wave racket called 'X.ENC'. This 3 piece seem to have honed quite a formidable sound from some simple ingredients. Choppy, snidey shards of new wave guitar, broody growling bass, sharp snappy drums & possessed Cockney vocals. There's always been a subtle gothic tinge to their sound but now they're referencing PiL, Bauhaus, early Cure, Blur, Gang of Four, Swell Maps and XTC then rolling them up into one juicy post punk fat one and chuffing away happily. It's all pretty much a really good pastiche, much like The Horrors in a way except the good tune ratio on here is more consistent. Some spots do remind me of bands such as Twisted Charm but once again, the songs are well formed, catchy & mostly memorable. I disagree that this is the best "Underground London album of the last decade" but truth be told, they've pulled all the stops out & produced a satisfying, coherent and compulsive album out of the bag which so, so many bands fail to deliver these days. BTW Is it just me or does 'Indifference is Vital' remind you of Modern Romance? CD only on Structurally Sound.


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