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- Some People Are On The Pitch by The Dentists
Another day, another re-issue of a long forgotten ‘80s could-have-been classic seemingly out of nowhere. The Dentists were a super little band who emerged from the same Medway scene as Billy Childish and The Prisoners. Their sound was a heavily ‘60s influenced affair - they sound often not unlike the grittier pre-‘Forever Changes’ era Love with a gloriously raw ferocious sound straight out of the garage. In a nutshell the type of band ‘80s psych zine 'Bucketful of Brains' was born to write about.
The album is littered with fine examples of the type of ‘60s-aping ‘80s anomalies that were so necessary in a decade which also spawned The Thompson Twins. They are almost parodic in their winsome way but the strong songwriting shines through; ‘Mary Won’t Come out to Play’ is a lovely lilting Hollies-type ballad. ‘I Had An Excellent Dream’ starts with some wonderfully Byrdsian guitar, driven along with perfect beat combo drums. It’s fabulous stuff, at times I’m reminded of some of the poppier beat-pop on Deerhunter’s ‘Halycon Digest’ as a more modern day equivalent at where this band are aiming. Certainly among their peers only Teardrop Explodes and some of the Paisley Underground bands achieved this kind of authentic sonic update on the ‘60s template.
Comparisons to early REM are valid enough, there is the same obsession with everything ‘60s and jangling, and certainly ‘The Little Engineers Set’ apes Peter Buck’s darkly mysterious riffing of the era but The Dentists are much more raw, unpretentious and garagey, yet probably too ‘serious’ to cash in on the similarly ‘60s fixated C86 scene to which some of those bands (Close Lobsters, The Bodines) they have some affinity. An excellent, lovingly re-issued record which is a must for fans of ‘60s influenced garage/psych pop.
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