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Phil just posted this 7" in my reviewhole saying I'd like it because it's a punky thing on Trouble In Mind. He's correct in his assessment that I like punky things and Trouble In Mind, so what's going on here? Their singer has quite a striking voice - androgynous and belted out with vigour in a way that reminds me of some of the recent Against Me! stuff, mixed with Four Non Blondes and the lady from Brooklyn's Slothrust. Loud and yelpy and very high in the mix - really the kind of voice which is likely to divide opinions - while I am broadly in the pro camp I have to admit even I'm finding it a bit wearing on my second time round these three tracks.
The songs themselves are pretty solid, it probably won't surprise you to learn that the first track 'Ambitious People' is the best one - a jagged update on the '77 punk sound of bands like the Buzzcocks and the Damned and X-Ray Spex with a big uplifting melody and some dirty nasty guitar tones. Then 'Evening News' does much the same thing but is slightly shorter and poppier, before 'R.I.P.' takes up all of side B in an awkward garage-rock stumble. It's decent enough indie-punk if you can stomach those vocals.
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