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- Redhair With Some by Subtle Turnhips
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If this had come out last month it would be in my half-year top five, simple as. I've not heard such a deliciously unhinged, scuzzy and exciting rock record from France in a long time. With releases on garage label Hozak and smaller, obscure imprints to their name, 'Redhair With Some' is forged from rumbling gutter-noise and soiled, psychotic post-punk of the highest calibre.
Five whole albums this fierce little three piece have kicked out in the last decade but I'll happily declare myself to have been a Turnhips virgin until now. Firing off with a scratchy vortex-rock dirge, 'Tubbyzy, that recalls Brainbombs in its fevered intensity, I'm in nihilistic scuzz-rock heaven. 'Don't Mess With My Time' is a wired, twangy punk rush with yelpy sneered vocals; 'Reisen' a Swell Maps-esque stumble through territory ruled by caustic wiry guitar, grumbling bass strides and clatterbox drums. It is the perfect fusion of abrasive 90's noise-rock and scrappy DIY post-punk. Then comes 'Shame' which resembles the wonky casual delirium of early Television Personalities. There's not a finer opening salvo of songs I've heard this month.
It continues to be just as engaging, frightening, funny, messy and disturbing as it rapidly stumbles through burning fields of sonic chaos right to its conclusion. These guys don't give a fuck. Every album they create is adorned with slightly unsettling naive/deviant art from a band member making their project appear like a passionately home-brewed squat-rock affair. If you are in thrall to un-studious, half-feral punk bands who sound like Nikki Sudden banging a speedball in a slimy Chicago dive but have a propensity for penning genius, ramshackle nuggets of controlled abandon then you are totally looking in the right place. My record of the week, no messin'.
Heavy gatefold sleeve with that stunning, vibrant painting, Subtle Turnhips are as deranged and exciting as their art suggests.
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