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Recorded by bandleader-guitarist Joe Sampson in various places around his hometown, it has a muddy, lowish-fi charm that suits the songs well: the deftly-played angst of the lyrics sitting nicely alongside the more fuzzed-out, upbeat instrumentation.
It's hard not to hear echoes of local bands of yore scattered throughout the obvious Americana and Britpop-inspired stylings, while the percussive wash of guitar in album highlight Divided perhaps hints at a sound closer to their own.
Single download: Divided
For those who like: R.E.M., Sebadoh, The Stone Roses
Salad Boys. This Is Glue. Trouble In Mind.
- by Jeremy Quinn