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4.0 out of 5 stars stunning debut ... but what went wrong??, 22 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Taste (Audio CD)
this is an excellent lp, produced by Richard Formby (Spectrum/Dakota Suite) it really stands out from alot of the circa '89-91 uk indie noise that was being released by the likes of Slowdive, Pale Saints, Boo Radleys etc etc, quite why the band were lumped in with the "scene that celebrated itself" is anyone's guess, lazy-hack journalists is my theory. the main difference was the lack of effects and quadruple tracked guitars, this is raw & visceral music which was quite out of keeping with the generally blissed-out indie scene at the time. the band were just as impressive live, aggresive guitar with some very amusing sixth-form "hate poetry".

The Telescopes were held (at least in my house!) as the antidote to the oncoming funk-assualt coming from Manchester at that time ... so imagine my dismay when i went to see the band play live and Stephen steps out in stripey jumper and tambourine in hand. they'd gone sorta psych/baggy pretty much overnight (i blame Creation).

in short, a stunning debut from a band who soon got bored of being different and settled down to a string of extremely worthy, but ultimately dull, eps and lp's thereafter.
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Drum's Not Dead [CD + DVD]
Drum's Not Dead [CD + DVD]
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it's a grower, 25 Jan. 2006
been listening to it for a couple of weeks now - as with 'They Were Wrong....', there's definite shades of Sister-era Sonic Youth and the vocals sound alot like The Beta Band in places.
they really have added alot more to the mix this time around - it's hard to believe that this is the same band who debuted with "They Stuck Us All In A Trench....", radical is hardly the word to describe the progression these boys have made over the past few years.
obviously "Drums Not Dead" features some excellent percussion, the band are currently playing with two full drum kits - i'd say the guitars are less wild this time around and there's less of an analog feel to this album than the second lp.
there's some very chilled moments during tracks such as "drum gets a glimpse" & "wrong coat for you mt. heart attack" amongst others - while "let's not wrestle mt. heart attack" & "drum & the uncomfortable can" are pretty damn noisy - which nicely compliemnt these quieter songs ... i'd definitely say this lp features their most experimental guitar work to date.
it's their most cohesive and conceptual work to date, and i for one cannot wait for the full release. the dvd is apparently gonna be wild!
a definite must :)

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