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- Turnip Famine by Tattie Toes
8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 02 September 2011
Had to make a point of reviewing this little beauty as Tattie Toes are easily one of the strangest, most exciting left-field bands to emerge from Glasgow in sometime. Made up of a motley crew of art-punk's, folkies and avant-garde experimentalist, they've forged an almost completely unique approach to performance that sees the high drama of the theatre merged with the avant-post-punk leanings of Pere Ubu, The Minutemen and Submission Hold with a healthy dose of abstract folk influences chucked in for good measure. It's an absolutely bizarre concoction of fun that also doe's the listener the courtesy of being incredibly tuneful. Again, it's not an easy one to pin down but it's worth reviewing to highlight the talents of a group of fascinating musicians who make music strictly on their own terms for their own reasons. 'Turnip Famine' is chocker with bristling beats (inspired as much by jazz and the avant-garde as it punk rock), skitterish bass lines (played with various tools and devices by ex-Maxton Grainger bass player Howie Reeve who's style has always been totally impressive) and dancing Violin's which are then topped off with Narea Bello's incredibly arresting vocal talents, filled with theatrical gusto and an over active imagination for melody and phrasing. The result is a record so lovingly constructed that only the most cynical of listeners could deny themselves. Check the press release for more info on the players involved, they really are a top bunch. Comes heartily recommended.
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