Luxury re-issue of Birmingham nutters 2012 album with five bonus tracks including covers of songs by the likes of TLC, Joanna Newsom, the Lovely Eggs and the Troggs. For the uninitiated the band play a kind of warped English garage with nods to Captain Beefheart and the Fall. They are unique and uncompromising and when everything comes out in the wash will surely be seen as one of the finest underground English bands of their era.
Limited Vinyl Double LP £23.26 LSE0001LP
Gatefold 2LP on Tiny Global Productions, including five bonus tracks. Edition of 500 copies.
- Limited edition
I'm not sure how I feel about the opening line on this album, it's darkly funny and kinda erm...challenging and has been readily reported elsewhere. You're ears will "blink" in disbelief I assure you. Coming from anyone else but from the barbed, surrealist mind of Robert Lloyd I'd be very confused indeed. This is probably the 'Gales 6th full length studio album proper. Lazy twats, they've been going for almost 33 years (with a wee break in in the middle, bless!) I always end up writing about these ramshackle legendary Brum nuts and I always give them top marks because erm....THEY'RE CONSTANTLY ONE OF THE BEST BLOODY BANDS IN THE UK and they're actually building on their legacy rather than trying to drunkenly sabotage it like long days compadre MES occasionally does with his lot!Clint, Phil and I always joked here that Cooking Vinyl was the label "bands signed to in order to die" That is so far from the truth as regards this new album. The usual unhinged mixture of wild West country garage, demented RnB, psychedelic blues and Faustian rock that they're so beloved for is the order of the day. No tune sticks out particularly either as killer or filler (they're kind of beyond that for me) as even on the quieter numbers you've got to remember that you're kinda listening to a very revered British poet sometime barking, crooning or occasionally quietly intoning some brilliantly distinct English peculiarities, all this passionately backed by some of the most blistering and unpredictable independent rock music you'll hear. If you're a recent convert to bands such as Captain Beefheart and The Fall but haven't stumbled across these guys and gals yet, what exactly is keeping you from clicking that add to cart button? Just read that there is a very interesting 'Gales tribute album either in the pipeline or out already that you should hunt down, we may get it, don't know yet...
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