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- A Trip To Marineville by Swell Maps
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8/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 13th February 2015
Punk, but not like any old punk. New wave, but not like any old new wave. Swell Maps were formed by brothers Epic Soundtracks and Nikki Sudden (not their real names). Their debut album “A Trip To Marineville” is jam-packed with great punky ditties like “Another Song” and “H.S. Art”. What makes this more of an interesting album, however, is how these 90-second punk bombs are interspersed with longer, experimental, krautrock-ish tracks like “Adventures in Basketry” and the spooky, 8-minute long “Gunboats” – you can hear the influence this probably had on later Blur albums too, although I doubt many Blur fans will care for this. “Harmony In Your Bathroom” falls somewhere between the two styles on this album and is reminiscent of their contemporaries, Wire.
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