Here we have a nice split between formerly Yorkshire based buzzsaw popsters Boyracer and American Culture (former members of Loveletter Band and Bad Weather California).
These are some of the final recordings from Boyracer and so are worth picking up particularly if you own their releases on now legendary labels like Sarah Records and Slumberland. Armed with some distorted guitars and a devil may are attitude to recording techniques, Boyracer have long been a completists nightmare and sprawling discopgraphy-wise at least, a UK answer to Guided By Voices.
Over on the flip, American Culture take their cue from the ace power pop nof the likes of The Records and The Shoes mixing some Mary Chain like distortion into the equation.
A1 BOYRACER everyones a critic A2 BOYRACER don’t be scared B1 AMERICAN CULTURE small talk B2 AMERICAN CULTURE actual alienIncludes download code with 2 additional exclusive songs.
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The second Boyracer 7” of the week this time it's a split with American Culture and a whole heap of fun it is too. Opener ‘Everyone’s a Critic’ is a stonker. A blast of sheer pop fun somewhere between The Mice, the Buzzcocks and (yes) maybe a smidgeon of the Smiths. Its knowing and sharp, completely ripping off the ‘Start’/’Taxman’ bassline at one point and why not. Also features an example of the lesser-spotted key change. ‘Don’t Be Scared’ is also rather great, in fact I thought it was a cover of something or other but nope its an original. Boyracer say that these are their final recordings which is doubly annoying as this is the best stuff I’ve heard them do in years.
Over on the flip American Culture are ex members of the Loveletter Band and they play a kind of fuzzy brand of new wave and sounds like it should be blasting out an early edition of MTV. On their second track they add bits of feedback and scree into the equation forthat Jesus and Mary Chain effect. Kinda glammy, kinda fuzzy, kinda good.
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