New music from Nightingales, one of the very first of the original punk crew to start spitting and riffing. Of course, they’ve grown with the times, still sounding tight and fresh in 2016. Becoming Not Becoming is available as a six-track 10” release with a bundled download code: that’s the only format you’re getting and numbers are limited to 500, so jump quickly. Released by Tiny Global Productions.
10" £10.49 PICI0007D
Limited 10" EP on Tiny Global Productions. Edition of 500 copies.
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It doesn't help when your boss describes a record as 'awful' before you even press play. I'd been looking forward to this too - the Nightingales being one of those underrated post punk bands that scratched around in the early '80s before being renovated once the children of their old fans start to leave home and the parents need something to do of an evening.
Opener 'B Side at Best' starts pretty well with a nice quickfire melody with some charming if slightly scary female backing vocals helping it along but after that the song gets itself into the most terrible tangle. Heading this way and that but never actually convincing that it knows what it's doing. Compared to their older work which I guess had plenty of the Fall and Jozef K about it, Nightingales seem to be heading into a territory of scabrous English whimsy that recalls some kind of cross between Gallon Drunk and the Monochrome Set. At times the vocals are sung in a kind of 'comedy' baritone which sounds more like silly-twat-down-the-pub than needed for the the twining Beefheartian indie suggested by the music.
I'm not enough of a fan of the Nightingales to know how far this is away from their 'classic' work but taken on it's own terms it's the sort of record that fails to convince of it's strangeness. Like Colin Hunt re-writing 'Bat Chain Puller' perhaps.
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