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GALILEO 7, THE - Decayed {Fool’s Paradise} Celebrating ten years of this truly wonderful band, we get an album of 11 covers, a couple of which have previously been released but most are unique to this album. It’s crammed with goodies as always, in particular opener, a very able, gnarled run through the X-RAY SPEX classic, ‘The Day The World Turned Day-Glo’, ROBYN HITCHCOCK’s ‘Kingdom Of Love’, a couple of cracking not-so-obvious WHO covers in ‘Tattoo’ and ‘Glow Girl’ (the latter recorded during lockdown) and a boisterous take on REAL ESTATE’s ‘Paper Dolls’ while highlight might just be a surprisingly raucous take on THE MONKEES ‘Circle Sky’. Elsewhere there’s a bit of JULIAN COPE, PAUL REVERE AND THE RAIDERS and, the only down point, PINK FLOYD (at least it’s a Barrett era track). Lots of fun and kinda points to all I can hear in the band’s own material - THE WHO, ROBYN HITCHCOCK and a splash of Punk attitude. Great band in every way. (26.04.21)
GARY, THE - Fallow {Act Your Age} PODCAST PLAYED First time I’ve come across this band outta Austin, Texas - even though they have three albums and two previous EPs out. This is a six-track 12” and you can’t really get past the ARCHERS OF LOAF vibe, with a bit of NICK CAVE thrown in (check the vocal on ‘The Season Consumed Me’ in particular). The songs are bass driven, slightly understated and rather poetic. Of the tracks, the damaging, discordant instrumental ‘Radical Prostate’, ‘Info’ with the kind of impressive, repetitive drone the likes of MISSION OF BURMA do so well and sauntering closer ‘Unconfirmed, Undenied’ all impress while highlight would have to be ‘Fallow Fields’ that rattles along on a tonal guitar pattern and impressive rolling tom-heavy beats. In fact, I thought all of these tracks were pretty damn thrilling, inventive, compulsive and something that might just be the surprise record of 2021 so far. (07.10.21)
GHETTO BLASTERS - Point Blank {Mondo Trasho} Second 7” for this quartet outta Chattanooga, Tennessee that includes members of the likes of BASEMENT BENDERS, DRUG CZARS, FAST BOYS, TUFF TITS and more. You get three tracks of which the lead track had a distinct AC/DC vibe, if they played slightly dirty Garage Punk Rock ‘n’ Roll. Flip the wax and you get two snappier tracks, ‘Youngblood’ and ‘Let It Rock’ both of which smoke with a vague DEAD BOYS influence, with the latter in particular being an incendiary Garage Punk blast. It’s suitably raw, not flooded with awful lead guitar work. In fact, the guitars here are just about spot-on - sleazy riffs with leads that blast before going almost instantly back to the song. It’s a limited pressing too - only 50 in splatter vinyl and 250 on normal black wax. So get in quick if this noxious Garage Rock sound is your thing. (09.06.21)
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