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Remastered 180g vinyl LP on Desperate.
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Here's a reissue of a 1990 album from Australia's Bored!, recorded in the band's death throes and interestingly featuring the late Tim Hemensley, singer and bassist from GOD, who joined the band briefly after that act split up. His influence is very plainly felt, too, with the opening two tracks being Hemensley-penned numbers - a heady mix of classic Thin Lizzy riffing, swampy Aussie shamble and Mudhoney-esque snotty vigour.
Some of the classic rock elements do seem pretty cheeseball in the current musical climate but there's no denying that this is a boundingly energetic album which captures the raw ferocity of these proto-grungers, particularly enjoyable in the more drawn out numbers; 'Sweet Charity' and their cover of Pere Ubu's cover of Rocket From The Tombs's 'Final Solution'. In both of these numbers the loose-limbed rhythm section lock into some thunderous grooves and let the guitarists get on with some violent riffing and indulgent noise scree. Lots of fun. According to the liner notes they mostly included the lengthy Ubu cover to stretch the recording to album length but to my ears it's the piece on here which has aged the best. Despite being very of-its-time this is a fun album, though, snotty Aussie grunge played loose and noisy.
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