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On delivering this CD to my door, Norman honcho Phil assured me that everybody in the office liked it. No pressure then. Thankfully everyone in the office is right, this is really great. I've not come across Eastlink before but they're peddling a satisfyingly distorted kind of indie pop that falls somewhere between the hypnotic post-punk repetition of The Fall, the rigid automaton rock of the A Fr ...

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Eastlink by Eastlink
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9/10 Mike Staff review, 13 May 2014
On delivering this CD to my door, Norman honcho Phil assured me that everybody in the office liked it. No pressure then. Thankfully everyone in the office is right, this is really great. I've not come across Eastlink before but they're peddling a satisfyingly distorted kind of indie pop that falls somewhere between the hypnotic post-punk repetition of The Fall, the rigid automaton rock of the A Frames, the crumbling antipodean distortion of the Dead C or Constant Mongrel, and the insidious melodicism of Cold Pumas and Total Control.   Hot, broken-sounding guitar distortion seems to be a common theme throughout the album, be it a one-note droning buzz or a wall of filthily peaking crackles. Ultimately, for all I'm comparing them to other bands, what I like about this Eastlink record is that it doesn't really sound like anyone in particular. There's all sorts of interesting little details; a garbled sample looping over and over here, a parping sax in the middle distance there, a rinky-dink drum machine elsewhere - there's all sorts of tastefully placed textural padding, sometimes too subtle to notice at first under the constant crunch'n'screech of hi-gain guitars.   I've just done a bit more homework and learned that they ARE from down under and in fact contain members of Total Control. I've also learned that they have four guitarists which would explain the dense cacophony of fuzz they can whip up. Great noisy repetitive post-punk with lots of hidden depths. Highly recommended!

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