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Ltd Australian import LP + download on Aarght! Records.
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In my ignorance I hadn’t been aware of this band before today, but they contain members of Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Total Control, The Onyas and The Sailors and this is their second LP so I guess I just don’t have my finger on the button. Never mind that, though, this is very good! It’s slightly shambolic, minimal and rhythmic post-punk with those Flying Nun style hard jangling guitars.
The songs are really catchy but the arrangements are quite sparse and percussive, with cool flat grooves that in songs like ‘FYI’ focus on Hammond organ and bass rather than guitar like a slacker cross between The Doors and The Apes, although the song which follows is a T-Rex-esque garage-glam stomp with a great chugging ZZ Top-ish guitar lick. The simplicity and smartness of the arrangements along with the scratchy delivery keeps reminding me of the first few Intelligence albums but this is a tougher-sounding album than those, with a great louche sense of swagger, especially when they take things down to almost nothing on ‘Mind Reader’, sounding like the UV Race playing some long-lost Devo classic.
In fact as I progress through this album the band continue to get things right in surprising and effective ways. I’ve not heard a collection of ramshackle post-punk slacker pop this brilliant since, er, the Parquet Courts album earlier in the year. If you’re into that, though, you should definitely get this!
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