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- Pink Fur by Post War Glamour Girls
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I recently found myself playing at an unprecedentedly drunken all-dayer at which this band's Pixies tribute, which was headlining, found themselves roundly upstaged by all-lesbian Rage Against The Machine covers troupe Bulls On Parade. They seemed very gracious about the whole experience though, and in fairness that band are a tough act to follow. Besides they had their own album to launch at that same club just a week or two later...
And here is that album, 'Pink Fur', where it's hard to deny that this is a band who like the Pixies a lot. There's a kind of grimy widescreen grandeur to these songs which takes that familiar formula - loud/quiet/loud dynamics, a cool girl singer and a yelpy wild dude (and sometimes a Yorkshire Nick Cave soundalike...is that the same guy?) - but adds it an extra heft, a studio chunkiness that brings to mind Nevermind-era Nirvana sometimes and post-nu-metal Tom Waits at others. I'm particularly liking the sloping, bundling drum groove and interlocked bass and guitar which propel 'Service Station Blues', whose verbose Northern lyrics kind of bring to mind early Arctic Monkeys if they had some kind of edge, it's tense and heavy and I bet that riff's a big crowd-pleaser. Perhaps Future of the Left would be a better comparison.
The styles throughout the album tend to err towards the post-grunge area but this lot like to mix things up a bit with some playful studio touches and a nice heavy physicality to their sound, like kids weaned on grunge, Mr Bungle and At The Drive-In and Oingo Boingo who've grown up and made a pop band. It's hyper-present and quite dramatic and theatrical in a way that can grate a little in places, but then they'll throw in some cool rhythm or texture or slyly seductive hook and I'm back on board again. A solid effort, larger-than-life post-grunge with lots of creativity and character.
9/10 Michael Customer review, 23rd June 2014
'Pink Fur' is one of the surprises of this young musical year and if many people discover this album, it would be (should be) in the Bestseller lists of 2014. I hope it for the band.
The album is fascinating, it captures form the first to the last song. It is a great mix full of emotion and intensity, which takes you on a exciting musical journey. The music is loud and wild, then suddenly quiet and melancholic, full of wild beauty. The changing vocals between the deep and angry James Smith and the conciliatory gentle voice of Alice Scott emphasize the contrast of the album.
Post War Glamour Girls create a rousing powerful and refreshing sound that is reminscent at times of Nick Cave, but is still independent and original enough to stand out from many releases in these days. I would recommend anyone to buy this album and enjoy. Hope to see the band live on tour in Germany soon.
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