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- Bag Of Meat by The Victorian English Gentlemens Club
I used to love that '...Hermit Mark' tune by these. They've remained on the fringes of the UK indie circuit for years now, deliriously peddling a rather eccentric brand of twangy, possessed guitar pop that is quite impossible to categorise or pigeonhole in any scene (thank God). 'Bag of Meat' is their third big record and although I'm not particularly taken with the eponymous opener, the subsequent 'A Conversation' totally revives my spirits, recalling early Sons & Daughters having a roll in the hay with cult irritants Los Campesinos. I still like the singer's strange yelp of a voice, as showcased on the bizarre new wave/glam/stoner vibe of 'Richer Than my Tribe' which is quite excellent, as are many tracks here. They still sound like they're a tad possessed and despite the faintly ludicrous nature of some of the themes and lyrical concerns, this is powerful, catchy and original indie pop/rock that has that manic, demented progressive edge beloved of bands such as Cardiacs and Huddersfield's premier prog-pop weirdos The Scaramanga Six. I'd confidently declare this to be as satisfying, passionately delivered and erm...meaty as previous albums. No difficult third for these oddball funsters!!!
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