7" £5.99 sunstone 003
7" on Sunstone Records. Edition of 300 copies.
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This single opens with a Hammond refrain that sounds an awful lot like 'No More Heroes' by the Stranglers, but then there's some comically overdriven wah-wah guitar and some chatty vocals that remind me a little bit of the first Arctic Monkeys album. I heard these guys's album the other week and it was good '90s style fun. They really remind me of a band nobody liked (but I thought were good) from the '90s called Novocaine? Anybody else remember them? I wonder if they still sound as good as I remember.
Anyway, the formula is pretty simple, big tunes played with obnoxious psych tones, mainly focusing on the fruity Hammond and super-buzzy lead guitar. The singer kind of has this hyperactive baggy thing going on like a sugar-addicted cousin of Bobby G and Liam G. It's making me feel a bit old, it's got a lot of energy and catchy tunes and the tones are satisfyingly grotesque but it takes a certain type of person not to find this kind of in-your-face aspirational power-pop palatable.
9/10 Weekenders Review Customer review, 4th March 2014
In these moribund times it isn't often that something leaps off the platter grabs you by force, and really shakes you to the ground. I have to admit I have never heard of this band until I was directed to their you tube video. But since then I have been really looking forward to this release. Both of the tracks on this single are absolutely superb, rooted in classic indie guitar music, with a big dollop of psych and the raw energy of snarling Garage Punk. The guitar work on the A side is very reminiscent of legendary Medway cult hero Graham Days project, The Solarflares, it also has the raw energy and exhuberance of the superb 90's underground act, The 5.30. The flip side is equally brilliant with the use of a sixties organ, it sounds like The Inspiral Carpets at their hi octane best . In an era of nice radio friendly pop, this record stands out as a defiant act of brilliance. Play it loud, pogo, dance, you know it makes sense .
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