The Safe Distance make music whilst living on different sides of the Atlantic Ocean, imagine that! Especially interesting as this isn’t abstract email-collab friendly stuff, but energetic full-band indie pop! Twelve songs, including Wire, Human League and Saxon covers, coming out on Emotional Response.
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The Safe Distance comprise of Crayola (Sarandon) and Stewart (Boyracer/literally every band that has ever existed). They live on different continents but this hasn’t stopped them making an album of clattery lo-fi C86 pop that oozes charm.
The lopsided ‘Idiot Cowboy’ is a particular highlight sounding somewhat like a meeting of minds between the Siddleys and the Cannanes (is that the first mention of the Siddleys since the internet began?) Its kind of strummy and drummy like the Sex Clark 5, not quite with their ability to pluck Beatles-esque melodies out of thin air but you can’t have everything. Still, the more lop-sided it is, the better it is ‘Catapult’ in particular sounding like the kind of shambling treat I used to tape off the John Peel show. They have a neat line in covers too with Wire, Human League and Saxon getting The Safe Distance treatment.
Fun stuff and just look at that low, low price!
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