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9/10 Mike Staff review, 28 February 2014
I've had a couple of records this week which, while they were perfectly competent bits of grungey rock, really didn't sound like they were recorded by a room full of people, instead exhibiting a kind of precision and sheen that can only be brought into the equation with computers and fancy production. If that sort of distancing polish alienates you, maybe this Bobsleigh Baby LP is what you're looking for.
This Italo-Franco quartet have created an LP of 8-track recordings which very much sound like a band performing in front of you, with buzzy rumbling bass and sharp post-punk guitar wrangling grinding up against harsh primitive rhythms and thick droney organ melodies and forthright boy-girl vocals which vary between unison and call-and-response. The resulting aesthetic is a mixture of post-punk primitivism and dirgey grunge rock that's really pushing my buttons this morning.
The textures are nasty but the songs themselves are quite catchy and the organ in particular is relentlessly melodic while the rhythm section pound out 'orrible crunchy Birthday Party oblivion grooves. There are touches of the automaton noise punk of the A Frames in some tracks like 'Liar', but this is more fraught and human than those robotic maestros. The guitar is so buzzed out it melts into the organ to create indistinct sheets of metallic noise sometimes which I like a lot. This is really great actually, thumbs all the way up.
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