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- Racism by UV Race
9/10 Mike Staff review, 15 November 2012
The reliable In The Red seem to have been on a particularly golden streak this year, with killer releases from (among others) The Intelligence, Ty Segall, Tyvek, Thee Oh Sees, JSBX, Thee Cormans and now the third album from Aussie post-punkers UV Race, some of whom moonlight with their Eddy Current buds in Total Control.
It’s pretty sweet, too - smart, angular garage rock which draws from ‘60s psychedelia and Devo-ish robotic pop...Brian just said it sounds like Ikara Colt...judging by the sleeve-notes they’re going for a knowingly dumbed down style, since the song explanations are hilariously childlike rants which bring to mind internet legend Chris (Simpsons Artist), particularly affecting on the downbeat jangle-pop shambler ‘Bad Eggs’, about a pair of teenage rebels; “She is a teenage pregancy and his a teenage delequincy. She deals drugs and he works in a factory. He steals her drugs and they both live a life on the outside of society not caring what mainstream society thinks of them. They do what they need to get by in life and they have no problems telling people to fuck off and they like to steal things. They are bad eggs the kind of people your mum warned you about. They are no Pablo Escobar but they are still bad eggs.”
Meanwhile ‘Gypsy King’ is like a ramshackle Roxy Music and ‘Nuclear Family’ is a punchy garage-glam party with bursts of white-hot guitar noise before closer ‘Memenonome’ is an unexpectedly cosmic ending with sparse, echoed guitar and throbbing bass before a sinister little ditty reminding me of sister band Total Control finishes the set. The whole smart-but-dumb garage pop aesthetic totally works though and these songs are infectious and well constructed and quite varied. If you were into the recent Intelligence and Tyvek LPs then I think this one will appeal to you as well.
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