8/10 Clinton Staff review, 21 May 2014
On the sleeve there are three arses but no its not the new Manic Street Preachers album, its a great little 7" from a Male Bonding dude, helped out by a Dum Dum Girl on one track. Its immediately rather intoxicating. Guitars are spindly, melodies are firm, production is lo-fi without sounding like it was recorded in a biscuit barrel.
Opener 'Humdrum' has that New Zealand mystery-pop thing going on and therefore would fit nicely onto a Captured Tracks re-issue from the era. 'Fear Without a Form' is intricate lo-fi experimental pop, with a slight bit of My Autumn Empire in the vocals matched with a cool kinda Cold Pumas facade. The best track 'Guns' features Dee from Dum Dum Girls and is a rollicking blast of mellow 90's repeato-pop whilst closer 'Some Rise, Some Fight' is all early 80's Joy Division basslines relocated to Popstrangers modern take on The Chills style atmospheric, simple pop.
Its just one of those 7"s that feels right from the get-go. Four great tracks all different, all special in their own way. Go seek.
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