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Danish trio Less Win boast boldly about lots of elaborate non-rock influences (John Coltrane and King Tubby for example), and then try and graft what they’ve learned back onto a rock framework. Trust doesn’t sound like a dubbed-out free jazz party, but it does have some fine textures and a good bit of drive. It’s out on The Big Oil Recording Company.


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Trust by Less Win
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 23 June 2016

We search and search and search and finally we’ve got one for you. A good record. We knew we could do it. Less Win are a Danish collective who marry non rock influences (King Tubby, Ornette Coleman) with the usual post punk slashing of guitars to come up with something thrilling and visceral. 

Opener ‘Rituals’ is a superb track that sounds like it has found itself in the exact spot where Interpol met This Heat. It has the melodicism of the former combined with the discordant clatter of the latter. Great stuff that will appeal to fans of Women etc. 

On the PIL - like sludge of ‘Bury the Heart’ the guitars seem to have been picked with rusty nails and it’s this metallic clank which is a feature of the whole album. Despite their rather affluent image on the sleeve it sounds as if the band have been holed up in some kind of below sea level studio with water dripping in through rusty pipes. It’s this that makes me want to compare them to Warm Widow. ‘Mare’, one of the finest slices of racket here has the eerie feel of ‘Metal Box’ era PIL.  The vocals are very European, kind of strangulated and the guitars are ALWAYS set to John Mcgeoch.

The band sound like they have emerged fully formed from some post industrial Manchester slum. Their shards of avant noise are brilliant and a much needed ear cleanser in a world where many bands making ‘post punk’ achieve only polite indifference. Finally some life has been breathed into skewed rock music. Go seek. 


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