Boyracer have released many records over the years but some of the best things occurred when they were signed to Sarah Records. Always an odd fit with the label's more poetic stance, Boyracer were always a punk band if a romantic one. This collection compiles the three singles they recorded for Sarah in the early '90s.
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Leeds. 1993. It was bloody rubbish. There was one venue in town who brought in touring bands (the Duchess) otherwise it was down the Royal Park to watch Grandads Don't Indicate, Rudolf Rocker or whatever else managed to escape the perils of the pub's rottweiler. Just thinking about it makes me want to weep tears of watered down Tetley.
One of the few bands worth watching in them days was Boyracer. Stewart Anderson was (and is) something akin to a West Yorkshire cross between Frank Black and Robert Pollard. A confident charismatic front guy whose main aim in life was to spew out as many noise pop songs as possible often regardless of quality. Live Boyracer were always a fun mess and so it was the oddest thing ever when they signed to Sarah Records. The label to that point had put out acres of bookish indie pop by people who you assumed went to bed at 9.30pm.
Boyracer though were rock and roll. They drank, smoked and played loud music. Most of the songs on this collection were seemingly recorded in the bottom of a beer keg. Loud, thrashy but with lashings of enthusiasm and feedback in equal measure. "The Wedding Present on speed" someone once said which is pretty apt. At their best ('He Get's Me So Hard', 'Black Fantastic Splitting') you can hear a kind of bruised northern romanticism. They were better at this than being a kind of Pale Saints - lite ('Beautiful Lines') but they were better than both of these things when they chose to be weird and confrontational '('Cog) where the avant skew of noisy is tempered with a downtrodden eerie melodicism.
It was 1993 and times was hard. But we always had this racket to lurch around to. These of their time but essential recordings have now been compiled as (who'd a thunk it) there's a Sarah records package tour coming through town next month. Get my army coat ready love, I'm off out.
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