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Was music better in the ‘80’s? I sometimes wonder if the fact that bands could fully concentrate on music and not have spend their days updating their facebook pages led to a much more wrung out, thoughtfully constructed music. The difference between this collection of songs from 1983-1986 and some of the melodically lacking records that have drifted by this week is notable. Scorched E ...

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Goin' Thru A Hole In The Back Of Your Head by Scorched Earth Policy
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 15 August 2013

Was music better in the ‘80’s? I sometimes wonder if the fact that bands could fully concentrate on music and not have spend their days updating their facebook pages led to a much more wrung out, thoughtfully constructed music. The difference between this collection of songs from 1983-1986 and some of the melodically lacking records that have drifted by this week is notable. Scorched Earth Policy were another (what on earth did they put in the water?) New Zealand band whose work has recently been rediscovered and re-issued.

Its a lolloping fast-paced take on the spindly New Zealand sound with naive female vocals fighting their way to the top of the mix past fast strummed guitars, The Fall-like bass and dishevelled drums. The first track here ‘Green Cigar’ sounds not unlike some early-in-the-garage Half Man Half Biscuit with Nigel Blackwell’s sardonic tongue replaced by the voice of one of The Slits. The second ‘Too Far Gone’ is a mass of tangling chords as if played by a band playing on a ship on a particularly stormy sea. Violin weaves around the music as it veers out of control before a shouted chorus pulls it all into some kind of shape.

‘Salivating’ slows it down to sea shanty pace and introduces a particularly out of tune male voice. The band sound drunk, its not unlike the early shambling Canannes. This excellent record contains both their Flying Nun EP’s from back in the day and what it lacks in ‘chops’ it more than makes up for in a raggedy charm.

 

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