Music review: This Sporting Life - Alms For Children

This Sporting Life - Alms For Children. Self-titled. Failsafe Records. ★★★

Back in the heady post-punk days of New Zealand music, bands affected a little mockney and did their best with the three chords they knew to sound like they were from somewhere else.

So it was with Auckland band Alms For Children, later relaunched as This Sporting Life. It has now remastered its '80s back catalogue, including some music first released on Flying Nun, for the nostalgia market.

That amounted to three vinyl products, to which they've added some live recordings. There's plenty of lo-fi teen spirit, but many of these songs were written during the sound check. One for the musicologists.

Single download: Danny Boy

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