A shoegaze/fuzz band from Australia,( isn’t it just a goldmine of fantastic music right now!) Hideous Towns are inevitably compared with fellow Aussies, The Triffids but also early 4AD and Upside Down House. It’s scratchy guitar work with some Can style drumming and a hint of Rachel Goswell of Slowdive in the vocals.
Only 50 UK copies of a 100 copies pressing of this eponymous EP with linocut sleeve.
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 27 July 2016
The some might say legendary label Fluff (of Loughborough) had a reputation for putting out ace noise pop in the '90s (Hood, Boyracer, Liechenstein Girl) they then slinked off as labels do but are now once again putting out ace noise pop in very limited numbers.
This one sided LP from the magnificently named Hideous Towns comes in a limited edition of 8 hand drawn copies exclusive to us. The band have the kind of dark post punk sound that once emerged from rain lashed Manchester suburbs with drizzly atmospheric guitars underpinning wracked vocals. Opener 'Solipsism' show them at their gnarliest but elsewhere there's a softer approach with nods towards Cocteau Twins and the early 4AD bands. They've pretty much nailed that flanged bass sound exact but I like them better when they add feedback drenched guitars to the mix especially on 'Um Expression' where propulsive Can like drumming helps kick forward the heavily treated guitars and eerie feedback.
An enjoyable slab of goth-tinged post-punk which begs the question, how is it possible for a band from Australia to perfectly soundtrack a twilight rain sodden drive down Bury New Road?
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