The Manhattan Love Suicides (less from-New-York than you might think) seemed to be over as of 2009, but lo and behold, 2015 sees the release of More Heat! More Panic!, only their second full-length album. Good fun fuzz-guitar noise-pop action. The LP is available in collaboration with the Squirrel Records and Odd Box labels.
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This perma shaded Leeds lot look like they’ve just emerged from the back door of CBGB’s circa ‘77 - all leather jackets an insouciant cool. Although deeply indebted to the Ramones (in both look and sound) opener ‘Drag’ sets its stall out a bit later down the musical history line with a well judged slab of 1986 fuzz-pop referencing Jesus and Mary Chain and the Popguns.
Everything is in place - Bobby Gillespie floor tom and snare drumming, fuzzy guitars and sweet girl vocals fighting through the noise. (‘Never Stop) Hating You is as catchy as it gets, like its emerged blinking into the light of 2015 after being trapped between the grooves of the first Primitives album. They tone down the noise on ‘Goffin and King’ and ‘She’s a Bullet’ both of which seem to reference both 60’s girl groups and power pop movers like Shoes or The Nerves. There’s hints of something darker on ‘The Blood Club’ a churning Black Rebel Motorcycle Club type bass riff pummels away throughout but generally The Manhattan Love Suicides have their template pretty well nailed down and sound at their best when they are blasting through some 60’s referencing C86 pop such as ‘Anything But Satisfied’. Derivative? Yes but a pile of catchy, fuzzy fun throughout.
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