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Give Me A Wall by Forward Russia
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9/10 Brian 19 November 2006
Most chuffed to see young Leeds tykes Forward Russia stamping around the top 40 recently. One of the edgier, hard working local acts to have cropped up in recent years, this four piece have a girl drummer who is incredibly deft & rhythmically astute, an insane singer who sounds like he's got a remarkable range & some real passion, a buzzsaw guitarist who looks more dangerous than his cuddly demeanor would suggest & some utterly smashing tunes. (Sorry I left out the floppy haired bass player, they always get a raw deal.) Busting with energy & off kilter melodies, they're kinda like a more deranged Bloc Party meets At The Drive In with some mid 80's agit pop sensibilities ala Big Flame. All the songs are numbers (for surely we're all but a number??) ,the production is streamlined & simple, the songs retaining a direct, spindly & uncluttered air of timelessness, regardless of their multi leveled complexity & alarming twists & turns. Truly art meets pop. I feel these guys 'n' gal will transcend the rotting cloud of new wave copyists through sheer DIY doggedness & a mutual urge to be up there with their heroes. Delighted to give them my record of the week. CD/LP on their own Dance To The Radio label, a shining example of independence + integrity = success.


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