This Danish trio have a razor sharp and slightly off kilter take on noise rock taking influence from shoegaze, Sonic Youth and Sleater-Kinney in songs that manage to be both hard rocking and dreamy. Not for the faint hearted, they make a right old racket which has earned them live slots with Jesus and Mary Chain and the Kills.
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Some awful part of my late teens/early twenties is laid out on 'More Nothing'. The bit where I hung around soundchecks or saw middling indie rock bands playing support sets in cavernous rooms to disinterested people. Baby in Vain have everything that your local '93 era indie noise merchants had in spades. A bit of Lush here, a bit of Smashing Pumpkins there but crucially far too enamoured with the Yellow Pages-sourced angst of the Cranberries to be in any way effective.
They try their best over these 11 songs of that there is no doubt but for one thing it sounds like they are recording in an aircraft hanger and two there's too many standard rock moves that bluster past without making an impression. If Bonnie Tyler played the hits of Hole you'd get something like this. It's obviously just either a) not for me or b) is so redolent of a terrible musical time I lived through that it's impossible to get on board. On this occasion, my fault I think.
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