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These four wiry Londoners have been experiencing some serious hype of late for their gritty post-punk pop posturings, looking to be the darlings of this summer’s festival circuit with their theatrical brand of Joy Division-meets-The Kills darkpop. Minimal pounding rhythms and clanking bass is joined by shrill trails of stop-start guitar and the theatrical yelpings of frontlady Jehnny Beth, kind of like a 21st century Siouxsie/Karen O hybrid.
Unlike certain other hype bands of late (I’ll leave the evisceration of those), this lot are actually reasonably decent. They do create a churning, moody atmosphere and although the vocals can stray a little into Florence-esque emoting there’s some pleasingly unpleasant guitar noise and dark pulsating grooves to keep things “edgy”. One thing that might just let them down a little though is the lack of a stand-out tune. It’s all the same tones and textures, all the same tempo, all somewhat monochrome. If you can ignore that nagging voice in your head saying “Siouxsie & the Banshees did this better 30 years ago” it’s a solid album. Not one of these songs offended me or made me want to press the skip button but are they worthy of the hype?...Well, there’s much worse stuff out there.
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