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Physical Format-20190619

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The final five discs of 2018 start with Lady Bird (on the near obligatory orange vinyl) and the socially conscious 'Reprisal' and 'Shag Tally'. The trio are on the roster of Slaves' label & that comes as no surprise, given the mainstream modern punky sound they purvey. Nice inclusion of some organ on both tracks though, which lifts it a bit above the herd. Facebook shows the band have an active summer ahead.
Bessie Turner is unfortunate enough to get one of the wonky discs that periodically come out on Flying Vinyl (most seem to be the purple ones) but, as I'm never that bothered by singer-songwriters 'Nino' and 'Abseil' don't sound like my cup of tea anyway. Pleasant enough but easy to pass over. Bessie seems to have a fair amount of online coverage but no site or page showing here current doings.
Superego are this month's group with a Miles Hunt-alike in their ranks. Apparently they're "the four-piece who've been slowly crafting their sound on the underground scene". The only one. In the whole world, at least five months ago they were. 'Sleep' chugs along but sounds like it would be pretty boring live. 'Black Balloon' is rather quiet in comparison. Even the bits that are obviously meant to be loud. Soundgarden they are not. The band seem to only have a Twitter account to highlight what they're up to but they're obviously active.
Doubling up random letters in your band name seems to still be a thing for Llovers (who're definitely not Welsh). The Lego Ninjago Movie comes to mind. More '80s (via Suede) stuff going on here on lead track 'Go Get Her, Go Getter', a piece of wordplay all their own it seems. It's shiny. 'Without You' is yearning and slow. At least up to the point I stop listening at. Facebook shows the band to have had a new single out last month.
Cleopatrick are Canadian and manage to sound more accomplished than most of the Flying Vinyl UK bands within about two seconds. 'Hometown' has a very pleasing weight of grunge about it. This is the best tune to come out of one of these boxes for months. 'Youth' repeats the feat on the B side, albeit with a more considered approach. Still a good double-header though. Five months in to 2019 though and I for one have failed to see more of the duo, despite the booklet's assertion to the contrary. The band's site shows they've a couple of UK dates next month though so those may go some way towards raising their profile.
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