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7\" on Art For Blind. Ft. Hookworms/Spectrals characters.
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6/10 Andy Customer review, 14th August 2014
First thing to note is that there are a lot of people associated with Collective involved in this record, from the recording and mastering to members of the band and the label putting out the 7''. Ignoring this and focusing entirely on the music, however, the fact is that this is another solid release from a fairly new UK band playing DIY punk. It's good to see and catch them live if you can because it's well worth it.
This 7'' sounds different to the band's first 7'' for various reasons. Firstly, the entirety of the band have now been involved in the recording, as opposed to the first record which contained Jon and other members of Facel Vega. The vocals in particular sound a fair bit different for this reason (Matt J replacing Noel). Secondly, the sound has evolved a bit over time. That distinctive choppy guitar has been toned down a fair bit making the whole garage punk aspect more subtle. What I would now describe the sound as is some sort of post punk crossed with emo with garage punk influences. Does this make sense? Overall, it creates a rather refreshingly different sound to my ears. The third song 'Relief' is maybe the best example, I swear the start sounds a bit like a slightly less harsh Torches To Rome. I hear Fugazi vibes going on too, that's as good a post punk namedrop as you are gonna get. Then finally the garage punk sound is still there in the background. It's my favorite track for sure.
Overall, this record is completely solid. Nice personal lyrics, the three songs differ from one another sufficiently but it still all flows together. The band have recorded songs ready for a split with What Price, Wonderland?, so that is something to look forward to. The drummer Max has recently moved to London and been replaced by someone new but apparently the band have already started playing shows again. I really hope I get to see them in the new year, check this out.
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