LP £12.99 HOL 043
LP on Holidays Records. Edn of 300 copies.
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It's my birthday (literally, not metaphorically), and fate has thrown me a handful of records I actually like to review! Oh yeah. For starters there's this glorious little slice of krauty garage punk on Holidays Records. Shiiiit. This is great! More than just an awesome band name. I'd not heard these guys before but after this I'll be investigating them further. The recording is really well pitched, totally lo-fi and muddy and distorted but you can always make out everything that's going on. There's some real sharp songwriting on here that really sets it apart, in the first few tracks it's kind of a mix of the maverick experimentation of The Intelligence and the sloppy aggression of Tyvek, but as the album progresses they progressively sound more like a messier version of Hex Enduction-era Fall (particularly on 'Infernal Love', which isn't a Therapy? cover). Some of the songs are really short straight down the line garage punk belters, but often they venture into blazing psychedelic rock territory to really good effect, particularly on 'Born Reborn'. The vocal delivery is kind of like a cross between the guy out of Ice Age (the Danish band, not the American one) and Mark E. Smith. Even though I want to tag them as some kind of repeato kraut type band in places I can't because the songs are so short. It's really hard to pin these guys down but this is amazing. All the fuzz and murk really makes the melodic psych bits shine, and the more minimal Suicidey bits sound suitably scuzzy. By the second side the sound really opens up, or my ears have adjusted to the fug or something, but it sounds huuuge anyway. It's actually kind of reminding me of Devo's really really early recordings in places too. On further inspection it appears that this is just some kind of rarities collection of tracks recorded between '03 and '06 and we've got their last couple of proper albums in as well...If all the records I have to review today are this good it might prove a bit of an expensive birthday.
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