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Once again HoZac give us some gold, this time in the shape of San Francisco's Wax Idols, who play girl-fronted post-punk that could have come from any point in the past 30 years. The drums and bass are thumping and the guitar is skeletal and all the songs have catchy tunes and big choruses. If Wire were an American garage band with a girl singer they'd have sounded like this. The vocal delivery kind of reminds me of Penelope Houston from the Avengers, especially in the more upbeat numbers like 'Dilno'. Even though I've not heard this record before it already sounds comfortable and worn in to me. And much like shoes, if you get that feeling straight away you can be pretty sure they're only going to get better over time...unless you wear them too much and ruin them, much like I've now done with this shoe metaphor. Oh, funnily enough the aforementioned Wire actually have their 'Sand In My Joints' covered on the second side (it's a fairly faithful straight-up jangle punk cover), followed immediately by anthemic closer 'Grey Area'. If you're a fan of post-punk that's minimal whilst still being punchy and melodic, this one's for you.
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