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I’ve got a lot of time for Crystal Antlers. Their first couple of LPs on Touch and Go and Recreation Ltd both went down a treat and now we’ve got this new one in our office with the group apparently now stripped back to a three-piece and offering a much grungier sound than the cacophonous organ-heavy prog-tipped punk style which characterised the first two. The organ does still get used, but it’s a far less integral part of the sound than previously.
This time they’re turning their attention to the power trio formula with a series of chunky indie pop songs which bring to mind The Wipers and Guided By Voices in equal measure, and there are still some handy doses of weirdness still tucked in there - the drunken wibbling guitar duet in ‘Wrong Side’ for example - but you’re much more likely to hear them doling out Mudhoney/Archers of Loaf/Superchunk-esque adrenaline pop with fuzzy guitars and clattering drums. Good old fashioned post-grunge power-pop like your grandpa used to make.
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