8/10 Mike Staff review, 15 May 2012
We're doing our supporting the local scene thing here with this new split 7” from Leeds's own alt-pop weirdos Moody Gowns and Bearfoot Beware. On the Moody Gowns side there's a bouncy little number called 'Stepmother' which marries Oingo Boingo-style wonky outsider pop with a kind of cod-ska chorus for a weird spooky chunk of bright, carnival-esque pop with clear, clean production. Stylistically it's really fucking confusing, and that works in its favour because if it was just white men playing ska I don't think I'd be interested.
On the other side Bearfoot Beware are doing something a bit spikier which is reminding me of some of the more interesting late '90s indie-punkmo types from Chicago like Owls or Cap'n Jazz and from Derby like The Little Explorer or Younogodie, but with a bit more of that “Leeds Rock” vibe that's been made so popular by the likes of Pulled Apart By Horses and Hawk Eyes lately, but less slick and more raucous and fun. Both quality offerings from two of the more interesting indie pop bands round these parts.
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