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From the looks of the sleeve I would have never have this down as the work of a mental noise duo from Japan, it looks like one of them there posh indie pop sleeves. Anyway, yeah...Pairs are a hard rocking drums and guitar duo from Shanghai who righteously indulge their passion in everything noisy, loud and fun. Think Lightning Bolt if they had a taste for raucous garage type stuff. These tracks sound like they we're recorded quickly to real tape in a live environment. The sound is aggressively lo-fi and toppy that adds to the charm of the racket being made by the lads. If you wanna hear music made specifically for you to jump around and go crazy to then you'd probably benefit from owning this record. It's like a hyperactive That Fucking Tank if they had a secret love of Wavves and garage rock (which funnily enough I think they do).
8/10 Jake Customer review, 11th July 2012
Just to be clear, this is the "J Pope/Joe P." EP and boasts the four best tracks of their download-only debut, set into vinyl. And just to correct the formal review, Shanghai isn't in Japan... and to call them lads sort of seems to ignore the fact the guitarist is female. Also the review was written on my birthday! But all this is risking sounding negative. For this disk I feel the opposite entirely. The first time I heard opener "Birthday" was the first time in a fair while that a piece of music grabbed me by the shoulders, shook me out of my "what-the-hell-is-pop-revival" apathy, and called me all sorts of mean names, which of course I enjoyed greatly. The following three tracks have a similar effect. Instrumental "F1" was perhaps the most normal, but the barely audible lyrical content otherwise portrays a bleak, angst-ridden and slightly nonsensical world that you can't help but smile at. As a whole Pairs have presented the world with the most pleasant acid-dipped ear drill available. The official review was right about the cover though. The music sounds like it should be dressed in a tinfoil wrapper with a smiling, bloodied face drawn on it in permanent marker. I'd like that for a change: if I have to put another photoshoPencil-drawn image of a colourful generic building on my shelf I'll have to set the shelf on fire.
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