Pop Threat were a noisy fuzzy indie band from the early 2000's so split up after a 'drunken mess' of a gig. Therefore their one album slipped out unnoticed a few months later. Still thinking about all this, the band have gone back into the studio and remixed the tracks so that they can make peace with the past. The results have been paired with two live gigs (including the notorious one that split them up)- first 100 copies only- and re-unleashed to what is hopefully a more forgiving world.
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Here's a warning kids. If any of you ever make it out of your bedrooms and into a real band, don't do a gig paralytically drunk. It will only end in tears. Literally in the case of a band I was in. A drunken, embarrassing show we did once was concluded by the band standing outside the venue actually crying. It was awful.
So I'm not surprised to hear that early noughties Leeds noise-poppers Pop Threat ended in similar circumstances. A terrible gig led to their dissolution and non promotion of their one LP. It's obviously been preying on the band members minds as despite success with other outfits such as the Manhattan Love Suicides they've gone back to remix the LP and give it another lease of life. Despite the remix it's still a shambling affair but not without spoonfuls of charm especially on tracks such as 'Ingrained' which marry perfectly C86 pop with bursts of noise. They often recall the Jesus and Mary Chain (also once known for chaotic gigs but look at them now...or maybe don't). 'Monochrome' is bursts of noise skree with pulsating melodic bass and naive, breathy vocals, 'Shellfire' is a sweet two chord blast with those shuffly drums everyone did back then. Here and there Pop Threat stumble upon something off kilter and thrilling and perhaps weirdly the album sounds kind of timeless. It sounds more like something that was recorded in the mid '80s than anything else and it's a strange notion that music like this sounds better now than it perhaps did at the time.
Perfect for fans of noisy, shambling indie pop and as if the release of the album alone isn't redemption enough for the band this comes with bonus disc containing two live shows, including the shambolic one that broke them up.
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