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The ever-brilliant In The Red put out this new Bare Mutants LP this week. I had presumed by the name and label and the fact that it contains songs with titles like “I Suck At Life”, “Cunt” and “Scars” that it’d be some violently scratchy garage rock mayhem but it’s actually quite downbeat and composed singer-songwriter stuff in the vein of Kurt Vile, ...

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The Affliction by Bare Mutants
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8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 14 August 2013

The ever-brilliant In The Red put out this new Bare Mutants LP this week. I had presumed by the name and label and the fact that it contains songs with titles like “I Suck At Life”, “Cunt” and “Scars” that it’d be some violently scratchy garage rock mayhem but it’s actually quite downbeat and composed singer-songwriter stuff in the vein of Kurt Vile, Daughn Gibson, Mac DeMarco or King Dude.

It’s really nice though, the guy’s voice (turns out he’s none other than Jered Gummere from The Ponys!) is a bit boomy like the aforementioned Gibson and the tunes are all simple, casual indie rockers with a bit of a slacker feel. Sometimes a girl sings but it’s mostly the boy. ‘Cunt’ actually turns out to be a nice summery duet between them and one of the most upbeat cuts of the collection. There are certain noise-rock elements involved but these mostly involve a bit of background guitar splatter to fill out the sound, like in the National-meets-Springsteen build up at the end of ‘Growing’.


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