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- Greensleeve by Clearance
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 14 February 2014
What is in it for bands who so exactly replicate another? Do the musicians get a kick out of playing their studio recordings back and thinking - hey we sound exactly like so and so - we did great guys. Its 22 years since ‘Slanted and Enchanted’. If in 1980, The Human League had looked 22 years back for inspiration then they’d sound like Chuck Berry. Its that age old argument.
I realise I’m in a minority here, from the Slowdive reformation to Joanna Gruesome shamelessly ripping off ‘‘Feed Me With Your Kiss’ to the frightening, macabre ‘Gigantic’ festival (Neds, Cud, Sultans of Ping) music fans are just happy to look back and relive the music they liked a bit when they were younger.
The reason for this rant is that Clearance sound exactly EXACTLY like Pavement. Note for note, chord for chord. The vocals are a dead ringer for Stephen Malkmus, the guitars ring out in that fuzzy lo-fi style, the drums scatter about like they are played by Gary Young. They have some good melodies but they are Pavement’s. My favourite track is ‘Drive Out!‘ which is an absolute blast. Lop sided distorted 90’s influenced slacker rock that could well have had you jumping around the indie disco in ‘92. ‘Modern Luxe’ is more of a mellow ‘Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain‘ vibe proving that they are able to borrow from various bits of Pavement's back catalogue. There are 5 tracks in all, they all sound like Pavement.
Its not just the music that is reminicent of Pavement. The sleeve has the same colours and tippexed style as the ‘Slanted and Enchanted’ sleeve’. The type set on the back reminds me of ‘Demolition Plot J7’ etc etc etc.
10/10 mary Customer review, 31st January 2014
such a great record! love "modern luxe" and "she's a peach" is a great track. amazing lo-fi pop out of chicago
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