Judging by the title this should really be the most depressing album of all time but to their credit Thick Syrup have made quite an uplifting set of avant rock songs with nods towards Shocking Blue, the Meters and even Sabbath. They are made up of members of The Wharves and Broken Arm and only one of them lives in Leeds so that's good.
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Tell me about it. Did a 15 year stretch mate, never again. It's easy to think with that title that this debut from this 'super' group (members of The Wharves and Broken Arm) would a concept album about concrete and rain but it's much more enlivening than that. The band are adept at coming up with neat pop hooks by way of a prism of metal riffs making opener 'Jennifer' sound something like a cross breed between Deerhoof and Black Sabbath. They have the high pitched singer in a Matsuzaki/Osborne style wailing over stinking riffs with tight-as-a-nut drumming and the odd bit of keyboard fizz.
Throughout they blend space-rock riffs with new-wave style melodies as if Hawkwind had collaborated with Blondie and on 'Magic Carpet' they seem to be using both the rhythm and melody from Spandau Ballet's 'Musclebound' but Thick Syrup impress in that their songs are tough as teak and Wharf Chambers dancefloor-ready whilst they add little hooky vocal earworm lover the top for those of us who like our B52s and Devo.
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