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Out of the wireless the other night came the oddest of sounds...the singing voice of David Gedge. Its gutteral northern bark totally and completely at odds with the slick tuneful radio crooners, scrubbed and tuned and affected. Crumplehorns completely evoke that gritty northern kitchen sink drama that made The Wedding Present one time indie darlings. Musically ‘Simon Says’ i ...

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Simon Says / Harold's Eye by Crumplehorns
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 25 February 2014

Out of the wireless the other night came the oddest of sounds...the singing voice of David Gedge. Its gutteral northern bark totally and completely at odds with the slick tuneful radio crooners, scrubbed and tuned and affected.

Crumplehorns completely evoke that gritty northern kitchen sink drama that made The Wedding Present one time indie darlings. Musically ‘Simon Says’ is a near-neanderthal piece of strummy indie-rock unencumbered by any musical development since 1988, the voice at once make your ears turn away yet on repeated listens the repeated  delivery coupled with some particularly Half Man Half Biscuit guitar ‘solo’s’ start insidiously creep into your skull. None of which is any surprise since Crumplehorns originally existed in the late 80’s,  knocking about with the likes of The Keatons and The Wolfhounds before calling it a day. The odd circle of music has come back round to make them sound strangely contemporary in a world where the sole aim of many new bands is to completely ape the sound of some C86 tape warriors.

On the flip there's more. Its slightly dark 80’s indie strum with straight ahead say-what-you-mean gruff vocals plonked on top complete with an altogether unexpected sax solo.

Released on The Nightingales Robert Lloyds Big Print imprint this is the sort of 7” your dad used to make in the 1980’s .....and the sort of record John Peel would have adored.     


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