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I called this lot New Age last week - its very much like having your grandad writing reviews. Anyway this is their 4th album. They are one of those bands with two people in them. There a lot of bands about at the moment with just the two people in them. I can see why, its expensive to tour and does it really matter if there is no bass? Well kind of. You do miss the bottom end in bands like this - it just sort of sounds incomplete. For the uninitiated they purvey a kind of scratty brand of scuzzy lo-fi rock that references all your 90’s favourites particularly Sebadoh.
The album scuttled by without making a great impression until the third track ‘C’mon Stimmung’ which burbles along at an unstoppable rate not unlike Fugazi but what I really like is the wavering siren-like noise in the chorus - its the first thing on this record that has really hooked my ear in. From there we get the very Sebadoh-ish robotic drone of ‘Defector/ed’ which strips things back. They do this at various points on the album ‘Running From a Go Go’ has a kind of 90’s slacker rock pathos to it, like a dirtier grimier Modest Mouse.
Generally, don’t expect subtlety, its a very agricultural concoction, if a tractor made lo-fi American rock it would sound something like this. Though they aren’t afraid to experiment, tracks like ‘My Hands Birch and Steel’ are short almost ambient pieces with vocals relayed awkwardly on top of the hiss. Initial copies come with a beach ball (yes you heard me right) and posters.
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