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I get all the beach bands mixed up you know; Fossil Boys, Dirty House. It turns out that I remember these for their Field Mice circa ‘Emma’s House’ 12” from last year or the one before. They provide a tougher stance on this their second full-lengther. They now have a real life man drummer so no need for that drum machine anymore and as a result their songs drive along with an aggression not found on earlier works.
The album starts unconvincingly though; the title track shamelessly steals the guitar intro riff from Sex Pistols ‘Anarchy in the UK’ and is a moribund trundle through the peripheries of greyish Lamacq rock. Things soon perk up with ‘Generational Synthetic’ whose rubbery bassline and taut guitar interplay recall a miniature Real Estate. That band's spring-like watery sound continues into ‘Sleep Apnea’ which is a gorgeous late night stoned strum with guitars jangling away effectively. It’s a beautiful track and the skill of the new drummer is in evidence as he batters away around the track in a vaguely Keith Moon-like manner but never interrupts. The jangly sting ‘n’ strum of ‘Careless’ recalls several bands from the C86 era - let’s name some... The Bodines, Remember Fun, Feverfew and adds an in vogue but not entirely convincing squealing guitar line.
‘Taking Off’ is just gorgeous, beginning with a kind of Ride/early MBV vibe but soon launching into the jangliest of jangly choruses. Oh I love it, it’s like The Byrds meet Brighter and takes me back to friday evenings, early ‘90s getting the bus from Newcastle back to Wetherby to spend a weekend in the bosom of my parents listening over and over to the Corrupt Postman tape, my anorak torn off my shoulders partly due to excitement partly the intense heat of the National Express. A very strong album that will appeal to old school indie pop fans alongside newer ones doting on Real Estate and Slumberland Records.
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