7/10 Clinton Staff review, 26 February 2014
They’ll call a band owt these days. The Grafham Water Sailing Club hail from the West Midlands and are in awe of Silver Apples and fellow pulsing droney types like Suicide and lots and lots of early 80’s dark noise. Both tracks are chilling slices of dark wave that despite seemingly having everything in place never quite convince.
All the ingredients are there, early Jesus and Mary Chain floor tom and snare drums, discordant guitars, pulsing bass and a heat haze of noise and feedback but the end result is a little too early Horrors for my liking. A Crampsy sludge that shows promise but doesn’t quite nail the kind of taut wiry atmospheres you need to pull this off and really get under our skin.
The A side is probably the better of the two - they certainly know how to make an absolute shit storm of a racket and for the moment I’m putting this in the file marked brilliant incendiary noise…. but songs need work. Ones to watch though.
8/10 Paul Customer review, 20th March 2014
Saw these about a year ago supporting Public Service Broadcasting in a dingy nightclub in Scunthorpe. They came across as a bunch of insecure yoot huddled around a small occasional table thrashing and flailing to a neo-krautrock rhythm. I've seen plenty of hapless shambling support bands in my time, some of whom I have lauded simply because they were so hapless and shambling, but these kids had a certain something that I found strangely appealing; mumbled vocals, an incessant beat and some spindly guitarage suggesting a collision between early Factory bands, DAF and Pavement with a bomb up their arse.
Whereas PSB came across on the night as bright and shiny, well rehearsed to the point of being over-rehearsed, GWSC appeared to be both eager and intent yet somehow also just on the point of everything musically falling apart.
So I bought the single. Is it good? Certainly is, but not perhaps the cracker I was hoping for; a little over-produced and not quite as well-formed as I had hoped but definitely one worth persisting with.
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