Prolific punx Palberta return to Wharf Cat Records (Big French, Bichkraft) with a fun, fresh LP. Roach Goin’ Down may run to twenty-two tracks, but the band rattle through them with such ramshackle abandon that things don’t ever feel like they’re dragging. Combining twee-punk ala Trust Fund, art-punk ala Parquet Courts and some sweet vocal harmonies ala Girlpool, the band’s sound is at once carefree and mature.
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8/10 Tom Customer review, 12th June 2018
Palberta songs sometimes sound like they're falling apart as they go along, but there's an internal logic that begins to click as sections repeat and you realise "Oh, they meant to do that - I thought they'd totally fucked that bit up." Their sound is something like a combination of Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, the Raincoats, and Girlpool - the first thing that strikes you is the chaos, then the rebellious spirit, and finally the sweetness underneath. On Roach Goin' Down, Palberta's songs are alternately angry, silly, downright farcical, and strangely tender with all the wonky melodicism of Jad Fair. If you like your punk crooked, then this is the record for you.
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