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Hailing from the Kensington area of Philadelphia (home to infamous gangs such as the Yo’s, Twerks and Fuzzies), Amanda X imperviously sallys forth, creating an oasis of bedroom pop and post-punk among a landscape of toxic speed, eroded enamel and chattering human skin suits.

Fused together, this set of songs form the whole of Amnesia their debut LP. Amanda X have toured or shared the stage with such bands as Parquet Courts, Protomartyr, Tyvek, Cheater Slicks, Dum Dum Girls, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Purling Hiss and Counter Intuits. The band vows to keep an active live presence for the remainder of 2014 and beyond. In the meantime, keep Amnesia on that turntable. It’s already the album of the summer and the pool ain’t even open yet. Dang! How’d they do that? Amanda X... they’re just that good.

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Amnesia by Amanda X
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6/10 Brian Staff review, 31 July 2014

It was either review this or roll around the office laughing hysterically at the new Inspiral Carpets album. Guess which way I rolled? You like that don't you? I'm a comedian me.

Amanda X is a rubbish name. I'm on rubbish band name hunt this week I am. Amanda X often sound like a slowed-down, more chugging Sleater-Kinney. But a little muddied, denser and not as musically accomplished. Not that that ever remotely mattered! I think this record is mastered slightly too drum/bass-heavy; it drowns out some of the subtlety and makes it sound lumpen. I really like the vocals, there's a good bit of spirit and some sweet co-harmonising there but the songs sometimes come across plodding, a tad pedestrian. Overall it's a little like what Carrie Gravybrowningstain does now with her band.

I adored Sleater-Kinney when they sounded so knife-edge intense and banshee wild I'd put 'Dig Me Out' on five times in a row so I could feel wired enough to hurl myself out of a plane. Sadly, Amanda X, as earthy and enjoyable as they are, will probably never cause me to destroy my bedroom like the angsty 15 year-old girl I undoubtedly still am. Still, there's some promise here and I'd like to hear them in a couple of years time to see how they've progressed.

So despite their banal moniker (X would be quite sufficient surely?) they're another cool three-piece American girl band with some quality songs that will appeal to fans of Standard Fare, Emma Pollock, Vivian Girls and The Wedding Present.

I must say here that I really, really miss Grass Widow.


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