Ltd 7" on Polyvinyl Craftsmen Records.
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I was very impressed with the debut 7” from Wobbly Lamps, a garage rock band from the unlikely cultural hotspot that is Southend-on-Sea, and here’s another one on the same label from the same band! This one has one song on 45 on the A side and two on 33 on the B.
The song on the A side ‘Never Ever Bloody Anything Ever’ is a slightly dirgey bit of fuzzpop that made me question whether I had actually remembered to put the speed to 45, with crumbling distorted guitars with a bit of divebombing shoegaze wibble alongside impassioned vocals like Sauna Youth when they’re doing their more Fall-esque bits.
Flip it and ‘Haxan’ is a gritty slice of Misfits-meets-Cramps razorblade theatrics with some really cool sounding saturation on the vocals making it sound extra filthy. Then to close things off ‘Gretchen Fetchin’ is a bit of distorted, slightly surfy rock’n’roll, all hot amps and reverb as if it was recorded in the early ‘60s by some unknown garage combo and left undiscovered for decades. Bands like The Trashmen and The Mummies spring to mind. Overall this single is a bit darker and dirgier than the last one but just as ace. I really want to hear an LP from this band now! It’s about time a UK band stepped up and had a proper crack at that garage rock they’re so good at over the pond.
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