White vinyl LP from ace Manc garage duo.
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That scuzzy garage rock duo from t’other side o’t Pennines Brown Brogues release their debut LP this week, spinning at 45rpm so you can be absolutely sure that’s how muddy it’s supposed to sound. After a strange slow intro of guitars and “oh”s which kicks into a short but sweet bit of riffing, they settle into their stride on ‘Split Disc’ with a crunchy grunge riff and echoey dual vocals. I like how it’s recorded, lo-fi but with enough definition that the guitar, drums and vocals are easily distinguishable.
It’s actually reminding me quite a lot of a warmer and less angsty take on early Nirvana in some places. Tunes which owe a great debt to ‘60s garage psych and ‘90s DIY rock, delivered with an cheeky dirtiness which is very likeable. ‘Shake It’ is another highlight, a borrowed ‘50s rock’n’roll melody with one singer going really low and one going really high, it’s like a crumbling lo-fi cross between the Misfits and King Khan & The Shrines covering Elton John’s ‘Crocodile Rock’. This one’s the “single”, almost too catchy if anything.
It’s this combination of unabashed pop songsmithery and irreverent lo-fi weirdness which gives Brown Brogues an edge on their peers. I wasn’t completely sold when I saw them live the other month, but given a couple of listens this album is excellent; a grubby-kneed rambunctious take on the Nuggets-worshipping post-grunge types which are ten a penny these days. Recommended!
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