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The lovely Captured Tracks people bring us yet more nuggets from the early 1980s with this fantastic re-issue from a band who originally resided in the rock and roll capital of England - Hertfordshire. Opener ‘8AM’ has all the attributes of any self respecting early ‘80s independent music, spindly guitars, robotic female vocals, an air of menace and simple drums that could easily be a drum machine.
The atmospheres recall early The Cure and Siouxie and The Banshees but ‘Sand’ is completely different, its bargain basement guitar strums and sweet female vocals sound like The Marine Girls, Tracey Thorn’s brilliant all-girl group. ‘Fractured Heart’ changes tack again with a more garagey sound like a miniature Cramps. It’s the more pastoral guitar pop that stands out for me. ‘Normal Day’ has bits of Raincoats here, a smidge of Marine Girls there and just a tad of Orange Juice, a brilliant shambling strummy slab of indie like your mum used to make. Ha! The closing monologue mentions Woolworths. ‘Susan Says’ is another piece of lovely honest to goodness indie pop with a repeating guitar figure and sweet innocent vocals.
Only ever released on cassette but played copiously by John Peel, the spirit and guitar sound of Josef K is never far away, this is a must buy for any fan of the C81 brand of scratchy homemade indie (paging Brian, paging Brian). Comes with download code and heartwarming sleeve notes. Highly recommended.
10/10 Briana Del Rangerhorse Customer review, 7th April 2013
Seriously amazing re-issue of a hidden early 80s gem, everything they ever recorded (two casstte EPs and an unreleased debut single). If the highly discerning Clinton gives something 5 stars you are very unlikely to be disappointed, he thrust this in my hand eagerly knowing I'd adore it. I so did, ignore the slightly poor choice of band name and get involved, some cracking tunes here for you new wave/DIY post punk obsessives....
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