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It’s hard to believe that Manchester’s Ghost Outfit are a two piece, this debut for the Sways label has the big sound of a full band with a crunch of guitar and thundering drums. ‘I Want You To Destroy Me’ seems like the first proper rock album I’ve reviewed since I started working here and it makes a nice change from all the po-faced experimental music we get here at Norms.
Jacq Hardman and Michael Benson have tapped into an indie-rock dynamic last heard back in the early ‘90s when bands like Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine were NME cover stars. This has all the hints of that genre but with a punk melody of Husker Du and a nu-gaze sparkle of Deerhunter. ‘WASTE’ has a rumbling groove in a Smashing Pumpkins sort of ballpark and ‘Sleep’ would sit nicely beside anything from ‘Daydream Nation’ by Sonic Youth. This album is a real grower, as each track passes I find myself enjoying it more and more, good solid indie-rock with a shoegaze twist and lots of noise from just two blokes in a studio.
9/10 Suzanne Customer review, 11th November 2013
Great review from Ian and very accurate. Fans of the bands and era he mentioned should definitely check this album out. I was surprised to learn Ghost Outfit are a duo - they sound much bigger than that, but listening again it makes sense. Guitars alternating between fuzzy and shimmery, lolloping drums and vocals pushed down in the mix. Nothing else needed. Bits of it really wouldn't look out of place on the recent MBV offering. My only question is - why only a 7/10?
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