City Yelps are a Leeds band of scrappy young guitary things, following up a single and a tape with a full-length debut. The City Yelps Half Hour has had the privilege of being produced by Mick Flower of Vibracathedral Orchestra, so its garage-rock-punk songs sound spot on. LP out on Odd Box in an edition of 250.
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With what we suspect to be an awful Guided By Voices album in the offing this week, we could do with some proper lo-fi fuzz pop to get us through the mire. Leeds' City Yelps are made up of several what I’m going to call 'music industry veterans' who have collided together is a wash of feedback and growly distorted vocals.
This is horribly recorded by Vibracathedral Orchestra’s Mick Flower and when I say horrible I mean that as a compliment of the highest order. It has a wonderful grimy lo-fi feel that suits the music perfectly. Any clearer and it would be too shiny, any more filthy and you’d need to chuck it down the toilet. Very similar in fact to Warm Widow’s ‘Widower’ which still is my favourite noise rock album of…oh the last 20 years. When they get a good slacker indie riff going, City Yelps run them close. ‘Light and Classical’ has great strangulated guitars and a neat sun dappled melody, the sort Pavement excelled in circa ‘Demolition Plot J7’. The opening sections of ‘Canyon’s’ showcases a clanking metallic guitar sound that is not unlike the early the Fall in it’s one chord intensity.
Although the slightly monotone vocal delivery can sometimes stop City Yelps elevating themselves into terrific rock band territory, they make a delightful racket on an album that should come with a bonus sachet of gig sweat. File under: Ty Segall soundtracking a wet wednesday on Harold Street. Gruesome!
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