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3 reviews »Well, there's a lot of this rumbling bleak new-wave stuff going around at the moment and this lot are particularly excellent at encapsulating that grainy, listless yet implicitly determined mood which kind of suits our current times eh? The KVB rack up somewhere between a lo-fi shoegaze Joy Division and Downwards launchboard compadres Tropic of Cancer with a bit of early Blank Dogs into the mix. ... »
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  • INV192LP / Anniversary edition Double LP on Invada. Features the re-mastered full-length, plus four brand new reworked and re-recorded songs from the original album. Pressed on black vinyl and housed in a deluxe jacket with digital download card included.
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Always Then by The KVB
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9/10 Brian Staff review, 01 March 2012

Well, there's a lot of this rumbling bleak new-wave stuff going around at the moment and this lot are particularly excellent at encapsulating that grainy, listless yet implicitly determined mood which kind of suits our current times eh? The KVB rack up somewhere between a lo-fi shoegaze Joy Division and Downwards launchboard compadres Tropic of Cancer with a bit of early Blank Dogs into the mix.

It's a weird, dusty dystopian sound they conjure up and I'm totally engaged by its barren, propulsive charms. What is especially endearing is they sound really natural and somewhat organic, there's no poseur preening, over-egged gothic nonsense or production excess here, neither is the sound artificially saturated or overtly lo-fi. The songs are beautifully formed, stripped-back and possess a pure soul leaving you quietly moved. I'm reminded of early Flying Saucer Attack rather a lot in the fuzzier parts but fans of bands such as Crystal Stilts and Moon Duo should love this, also original 80s JAMC/Spacemen 3 obsessives will delight in the brittle flow and fizzing electric release.

Yeah, I'm thoroughly smitten, I was kinda hoping it was gonna be a duffer as I've too many bastard records piling up at the moment and my dx are currently in disrepair but this is absolutely top notch and demands to be in my collection and hopefully yours...


8/10 Eric Customer review, 2nd January 2014

The sound of Always Then is hypnotic, dark and addictive...........The drums beat like Joy Division rhythm and the voice reminds Ian Curtis. We can find many influences in this lp, Jesus and Mary Chain, Echo and the Bunymen, Joy division, but it's never a copy. a great lp for those who like the best ot the 80's. >


7/10 brownowa Customer review, 14th September 2013

This is the best album the Jesus and Mary chain have ever written. Ever. Period.

This is problematic as William and Jim haven't been near it. They're probably a bit miffed. It is possible that they are pleased that all that early promise has finally come to fruition, but if I know musicians, there not. They're pissed off.

Why it is the best JAMC album is easy. It has all the swagger of the early singles, tapping into that minimal, fuzzy drum machine chug of stuff like kill surf city and that ace Bo Diddly cover they did, but skips all that knowing posturing that blighted pretty much every 'real' album they did. This one wallows in the joy of making a great noise. Proper primal like. Except the Nancy Sinatra cover. That doesn't work very well.

Nice cover too.




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