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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 12 December 2013
I see Alt Vinyl are spreading their wings of late into different types of musics...
This is the album of the debut recordings of this Argentinian duo (though one of them looks suspiciously like the ex Razorblade Smile drummer). Everything was recorded live to 8-track as recently as May 2013. I say ‘as recently as’ because the tone and quality of the recordings recalls a time in the early-mid 90s when two-piece indie rock bands were forced to enter studios run by pony-tailed engineers who would then drain all the life out of their sound.
The premise is good. She sings and strums, he hits. There’s something of the early 90s wave of K Records in their sound. It's all dryly strummed electric guitars and scattershot-all-over-the-bloody-kit drums. They cover ‘Huffer’ by The Breeders in shamboli, home-made style and things pick up pace on the B side which contains songs from an ‘EP’. ‘La De Los Hijos’ is an energetic slab of mid 90s lo-fi fuzz pop.
They later cover The Spinanes and they do remind me of that era of US bands - Some Velvet Sidewalk, Courtney Love (the band not the train wreck) and more recently Ian Mackay’s The Evens.
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