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Sometimes here at the towers, we try to have an afternoon of enjoyable music, particularly on a Friday. Last week, Ian found an old Wire compilation and a great time was had by all. Its lopsided, aggressive use of guitars can clearly be heard in the work of this band. From the opening strains of the first track the year is 1978, the bass is pulsing, the guitar is John McGeogh, the vocals are Wire ...

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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 05 July 2013

Sometimes here at the towers, we try to have an afternoon of enjoyable music, particularly on a Friday. Last week, Ian found an old Wire compilation and a great time was had by all. Its lopsided, aggressive use of guitars can clearly be heard in the work of this band.

From the opening strains of the first track the year is 1978, the bass is pulsing, the guitar is John McGeogh, the vocals are Wire/Devo robotic future thing. It’s a blast. ‘Cave Dweller’ has carefully slashed guitar notes with distorted drums and the kind of bass notes that sit lovingly at odds with the music. It reminds me tremendously of Josef K.

The album is brilliantly produced with the needle in the red, just like one of my most favourite records of recent years Warm Widow’s ‘Widower’, there are several similarities to that brilliant record but here the songs are shorter, sharper and take more inspiration from the early post punk movement. If you like (early) Wire (early) Fall, (early) Scritti and to move swiftly into a different decade the noisier, more angular side of Liars this could be for you.


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