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You can barely move without bumping into a new garage rock band nowadays, and these new pretenders to the garage throne peddle messy melodic garage pop with nice thin guitar tones and great bits of loose-tight-loose tension that's very effective. The singer sounds like a cross between Eddie Argos and that guy from Let's Wrestle which I found initially slightly annoying, but the songs are compositionally interesting enough that I pretty quickly forgot about that. They've got simple, catchy tunes played well but always approached from a weird angle. I mean, in places this is even reminding me of early Beatles on the songwriting front, but these guys definitely do not sound like the Beatles. There's a nice casual slacker delivery that I'm warming to as well, the rhythm section often drop into this kind of tactile shuffling groove that has sucked me right in. It's pop music at heart, but it's just so wonky and just plain weird that you never get the idea they're trying to please everybody and it's got energy and charm in spades. One of the songs sounds like Gruff Rhys collaborating with Total Control or something. Enigmatic and well produced garage pop madness on tasty thick white vinyl with a printed inner sleeve. I can get behind this.
9/10 Brian Customer review,
Nobody mentioned Thinking Fellers Local Union 282 did they? Yes I am an old fart, this album is really good, the singer is a bit wacky but the music is blisteringly twangy, wild and imaginative.....
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