Yammerer - Reality Escape Resort

Yammerer - Reality Escape Resort

Two pre­view tracks from this (pro­bably) bri­tish band's debut EP already made me kinda hungry for more of their shit and now the record's other two songs prove we haven't been pro­mi­sed too much. A sound­s­cape of rest­less garage punk unfolds, trans­por­ting a fee­ling of wide­s­creen spa­cious­ness you rarely get to wit­ness in this genre - some­what as if recent Ura­nium Club met Radio Bird­man and Modern Lovers, com­ple­men­ted by a bit of MX-80 weird­ness. Also, the epic clo­ser Sea­sons 13-31 seems to have taken some cues from Wipers' Youth Of Ame­rica.

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Italia 90 - III

Italia 90 - III

Alt­hough other bri­tish bands of their genre enjoyed much more media atten­tion than lon­don art-/post punks Ita­lia 90 have in recent years, few other bands, in my hum­ble opi­nion, embody so much of the soul and rebel­lious no-bull­shit DIY atti­tude of the scene, a bit­ter and emo­tio­nal indic­t­ment of a society collec­tively shrug­ging off its own guilty con­sci­ence. It's about time this Band gets noti­ced a lot more. On their third EP -just like on its pre­de­ces­sors - i hear strong echoes of old post punk gre­ats: Cri­sis, Mem­bra­nes, Swell Maps and early Mekons for example. Simul­ta­ne­ously Ita­lia 90 keep expan­ding on their sonic spec­trum. Usually when punks go slow, this tends to result in a hor­ri­ble train­w­reck. But sur­pri­sin­gly, the slo­west, most sub­dued moments are the clear high­lights of this record. In Open Veins, the gentle per­for­mance col­li­des with the dis­il­lu­sio­ned and angry char­ges deli­ve­red by its lyrics. This com­bi­na­tion reminds me a bit of recent Pro­tomar­tyr, while the clo­sing track Against The Wall has a subtle psy­che­de­lic note in com­mon with Wire's Chairs Mis­sing album.

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