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- The Rattle And The Hiss by Retriever
8/10 Brian Staff review, 21 July 2011
Well Newcastle, I'm sorry that I don't come up more often, you've a lovely personality and some great pubs. I'm a bit unfamiliar with your burgeoning indie scene though. Maximo Park and Chapman Family are all that's known down these parts. Are Les Cox Sportifs from there? I like them! And the evergreen Milky Wimpshake...whoopee!! Here is Retriever. I really like the sound of these, these peeps. 'River' sounds a bit like The Blanche Hudson Weekend with an anthemic stadium-shagging rocket up their arse. 2 guys, a pissed-off drum machine and a nonchalant but powerful sounding Geordie lass on vocals. The guitars fizz, buzz and ricochet in a seriously fuzzed-out fashion, the bass sounds sturdy, moody and charismatic and that drum machine is an unfussy metronomic delight. They sound like a timeless amalgamation of loud shoegaze and olde worlde earthy indie with a dark tinge that's not overpoweringly gothic as such but would most definitely appeal to that crowd, especially Siouxsie and Garlands-era Cocteaus devotees. The most important thing with this mini LP is that the songs are distinctly memorable, muscularly executed and actually involving, creating a smoky ethereal mood whilst not being afraid to punish you with coruscating noise and galloping rhythms. Nice work - very strong tunes and great sound. Turn up loud (especially if you're over 40 and nostalgic for the old days)...
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