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No Longer Spellbound by Girl One And The Grease Guns
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8/10 Mike 08 April 2014

Leeds-based indie pop good 'uns Girl One and the Grease Guns have a new EP out this week with a slightly unconventional format. First there's a 7" containing two songs and then there's also a CD which has three entirely different songs. Seems a bit strange not to include the songs from the 7" on the CD but I don't make the rules.

Anyway, I'm playing the CD first and this one has 'Veronica' which is a New Order-ish bit of synth-led indie with dreamy girl vocals, and then 'Burns My Brain' which is an audaciously catchy bit of Ramones/Buzzcocks power pop with ramshackle slightly Helen Love-ish construction, before the final song on the CD 'Minimal Effort', a whispery little ballad.

With the CD out of the way I now move on to the vinyl, which will provoke a twinge of nostalgia in their Leeds-based audience with their nostalgia-invoking label photos of queues outside the now-demolished indie mecca The Duchess and the overgrown old escalator that used to be outside the Merrion Centre. On the wax itself there's another dreamy pop song on side A with lots of droney synths, almost like a lo-fi Cocteau Twins, real wistful.

Side B opens with a Sinclair Spectrum sample. They really are piling on the nostalgia here. It finally expands into a rinky-dink bit of post-punky synthpop with clever intermittent use of those shrill and flickery load-up tones. This song is the best of the batch but they're all pretty decent, and I'm finding all the early '90s Leeds nostalgia weirdly specific to me which is sort of unnerving. Unless you're a certain age and grew up in Leeds you probably won't, though.


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