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I’ve been looking forward to getting this one in the office. Facel Vega are a Leeds-based DIY garagemo combo who belt through their songs with an unironic vigour, and this 15-song opus also comes complete with a really cool sleeve and poster designed by Etai Keshiki’s Rob Glew, and was recorded by the ever-reliable MJ of Hookworms notoriety.
I guess musically the obvious reference point here is Guy Picciotto’s pre-Fugazi proto-mo crew Rites Of Spring (which any oldmo fan will tell you can only be a good thing - if you’ve not heard their album you should get on that), with singer Jon’s strangled yells almost a dead spit of Picciotto’s, while the rest of the band blaze their way through a series of tightly constructed garagey blasts of spiky thrashed guitars and whip-tight, furious drumming.
There’s a lot of feedback and plenty of shouting and it’s making me think of Clikatat Ikatowi but the recording is crisp and clear and you can hear every detail of the chaos that ensues, with a hard-thrashing post-punky feel that’s reminding me a little bit of Gay Beast or Arab On Radar or Meth & Goats or someone like that...definite Skin Grafty vibes, but also with echoes of recent Euro-mo types like Raein or La Quiete in the intense melancholic blasts. With the possible exception of Crash Of Rhinos these are my favourite UK old-skool-mo peddlers around right now. Definitely worth a go.
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