27 song compilation of Stoke On Trent's answer to Guided By Voices. During the '90s Father released a slew of remarkable lo-fi albums where beneath tape recorder hiss lay unbelievable brilliant compositions referencing Pavement, early Hood and of course GBV. The best bits have now been collected on this jam packed compilation.
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Father were my favourite mid '90s lo-fi band who weren't Guided By Voices. They were three teenagers from Stoke On Trent who had an incredibly melodic if impossibly lo-fi sound which over the course of three cassettes yielded a number of utterly remarkable recordings. What makes them stand from the other lo-fi bands of the era was the same thing that let GbV stand out -incredible songs. You'll have to get past the production though, I'm not talking Pollard rushing stuff onto a 4 track, I'm talking serious Fisher Price My First Studio type recordings. Songs seemingly recorded up the nozzle of a vacuum cleaner.
Anyway this collects the 'best' bits of the three cassettes and their one excellent 7" on 555. I put best in inverted comma's as about half a dozen of the stellar tracks off their insurpassable 'Dancing Major' tape are mysteriously missing but even without them there's at least twenty nu-lo-fi treats to discover. From the Kinks-in-a-shoebox strum and holler of 'Dancing Major' to the thrillingly chewy chord changes and infectious chorus of 'Now I've Changed My Minder' to 'Wax Harvest' which IS Guided By Voices down to the tape chewing up the first verse and the guitars played with rubber bands. As they got out of short trousers they started writing winsome and complex almost the Smiths-like melancholic pop such as 'O Sullivan Plays' and 'Elf Felcher' but it's the Truman's Water and Pavement influenced tracks here that truly stun and if Father often wander down lost lines of amp hiss, studio clatter and adolescent experiments you can forgive them as an ebullient tune with eventually emerge out of the chaos.
Now if someone can just re-issue that 'Dancing Major' tape in it's entirety there'll be no need for any more music. For the moment this will more than do.
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