8/10 Clinton Staff review, 13 January 2012
Remember the early '90s? I lived in a crumbling house with a drunk, a dysfunctional band, an influx of slugs, a man next door who used to appear unannounced at our kitchen window with food no-one would dare eat and a toilet block across the road where men used to have sex with each other. No wonder I went totally bananas. Anyway, during that time various people would appear at the house armed with compact discs of bands with names like Sammy, Built to Spill, Archers of Loaf who took the Pavement slacker blueprint but weren't quite as good (though Built to Spill on their day were a force for a lot of good in my life). Then there were bands, usually English, often from Wakefield who aped these type of bands so the whole thing got watered down to something just okay but it was a lot of fun. Bands like Downdime continue this sound to this very day. That's a really long and pointless way of describing the sounds on this CD. It's noisy, scratchy, slightly out of focus honest to goodness slacker pop music which would be a huge blast live I reckon. On second listen the melodies are creeping more to the surface and I'm reminded of the early recordings of Death Cab For Cutie before they got celebrity girlfriends, carefully coiffured hair and sports jackets. Determinedly retro but it's always good to hear a group of young men hurling guitars and melodies about.
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