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I don’t know if it’s just the sunny weather but I’m enjoying everything I hear today. This one that’s on the stereo right now is the new Fists LP on Gringo/Hello Thor, with the Nottingham quintet effortlessly knocking out a set of crunchy power-pop numbers which fit in a strange territory somewhere between ‘60s garage and ‘90s indie.
There’s the loud/quiet/loud dynamics of the Pixies but with the scrappy guitar saturation of Urusei Yatsura and silky sing-song Breeders-esque vocals topping it all off in tracks like ‘New Clothes’, while elsewhere they’re happy to rock hard and loud in a splattery Guided by Voices kind of way, or drop things down to organ drones and hushed vocals and spidery repetitive guitar lines like in the mystical slightly Broken Social Scene-esque ‘Yr Glove’.
It’s hard to pin this band down, but I’m enjoying all the different types of rock they’re playing here and by the time we get to the sweet Breeders-meets-Drugstore heartbreak of closer ‘Try’ I’m pretty well won over. Nothing life changing but this is good old fashioned indie rock the way your parents used to make it and it’s making for a great soundtrack to our late-arriving summer.
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