Seven track vinyl release from Table Sugar. This band of Olympians (USA!), who are most certainly post-punk, are post-punk in the vein of the UK's own Shopping and fellow countrymen Lithics. That is to say it's sharp, angular, melodic, and most of all fun! Limited to only 500 copies on Mississippi Records.
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My favourite sitcom is the one where the noise rock band Ponytail share a studio space with post-punkers Shopping and they accidentally melt into one band, except it’s not a sitcom, it never happened, but conveniently and analogously that is the sound of Table Sugar. On a brilliant and playful record that’s not afraid to unwind from being tightly wound, this band ask if they can briefly be your new fave.
A mix of toylike synths and shambolic guitars make ‘Collected Acknowledgments’ sound like a record that goes with whatever it feels, but there’s a rhythm section backing up the free-play ecstasy. It’s a super-short record, so what you will likely remember is the record’s musical wallpaper, the twinkling backdrop melody in the otherwise no frills punk tune “Carmen”, or the funky guitars that offset the no wave waving of “No Es Nada”.
There’s barely time to catch your breath and this record’s had all the fun it can. Few bands make their noisy elements such a treat as this band, but tunes like “Susan” are absolute sellouts, an obnoxious riff, shrill keyboard motif and obviously normal bassline playing off each other as if it was the most dynamite pop music you’ve ever heard. It may be a full-length LP with a length that'd make Tony Molina blush, but it's certainly worthy of an eyebrow raise.
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