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I’ve not encountered The Space Agency before but the press release for this record describes them as “the UK’s best instrumental group” (a bold claim in a country populated by the likes of Y Niwl, Mugstar, Galaxians, That Fucking Tank and Los Pecadores) so I’m listening. I’ve long been of the opinion that most bands could do without singers anyway. They’r ...

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Bombay Potatoes by The Space Agency
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9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 14 August 2013

I’ve not encountered The Space Agency before but the press release for this record describes them as “the UK’s best instrumental group” (a bold claim in a country populated by the likes of Y Niwl, Mugstar, Galaxians, That Fucking Tank and Los Pecadores) so I’m listening. I’ve long been of the opinion that most bands could do without singers anyway.

They’re putting in a pretty strong claim to the title on the A side actually, it’s a really cheeky little psych-surf number with a twangy electric sitar taking the lead. Totally charming ‘60s drenched fun, I can picture this lot playing at a happening somewhere with psychedelic projections and go-go dancers...it’s quite Austin Powers, but not in a bad way.

Over on the other side is ‘Purple Power’, where lead twanger Simon Jones switches to guitar. It’s a sweet bit of twangy sci-fi surf-beat fun with a reverbed staccato bassline driving it along. There’s a bit of Shadows in there, undoubtedly, and definitely some of the classic ‘60s surf sounds of bands like The Ventures or PJ & Artie. I’m especially enjoying the creative use of electric sitar on the A-side but this is all rather good.


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