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Bit of proto-punk worship on this lively little 45rpm mini-album from Frenchies Destination Lonely. I guess the Stooges are an obvious reference point here, particularly in opener 'Kiss or Kicks' where the blazing in-the-red guitar leads and swaggering grooves all point in that direction for sure, but these guys seem a bit more measured and less unhinged than Iggy's lot. When they take things down a bit it's got a well-studied '60s garage pop feel and the bouncy 'Stuck In My Mind' sounds like it could have come straight off a Nuggets comp with its rough-around-the-edges Beatles-influenced harmonies and cool bluesy groove. The vocals are all delivered in a soft French accent which is noticeable more in some places than others but I'm finding quite charming. Flip it and things get a bit more downbeat. Understated instrumental 'The Axeman Cometh' comes across like Ennio Morricone put together a surf band to score B-movies; 'So Blue' is a little tropical shuffle with echoey drifting guitars and an anthemic Britpop-esque chorus; then another garage punk number 'That's All' with some more Asheton-worshipping guitar leads closes out the set. This is a varied and accomplished introduction from these garcons. They've certainly got my attention.
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