The eight-year wait for London post-punk band Hygiene to follow up their memorable debut album Public Sector is at an end, with their sophomore effort titled Private Sector (naturally!). Where its predecessor was nostalgic, this new effort rages at modern-day Britain in its current phase of capitalistic twilight.
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When an album's closing song is called 'Bring Back British Rail', you know it's time to listen. Post-punk band Hygiene have released what sounds a little like a train-themed concept album. There's songs called 'Replacement Bus' (been there), 'Metropolitan' (I live in Leeds so am actually kind of hazy as to what that's referencing), and, as mentioned, 'Bring Back British Rail'. 'Private Sector', the album, is an angry, snotty, quite brutal work. It's a little bit lo-fi but these songs are well-crafted. It's very much post-punk, but there are elements of garage rock and psych, as well as some typically un-post punky instruments like violin and piano. My favourite track is 'Sick Man of Europe'. I don't know whether these lads have been listening to David Cronenberg's Wife, but there are some definite comparisons in the deadpan spoken-word delivery which is no bad thing at all. Although I think there's a more experimental, interesting side that submerged in the post-punk delivery, 'Private Sector' is still a very good album.
P.S - I'm getting just a trace of left-wing sentiment in these guys, not sure why.
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