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Before Riot Grrl, before Hole...,
This review is from: Velvet Hammer (Audio CD)
I recently re-bought this CD after owning it on vinyl since I was a spotty teenager. It was purchased as a bit of an impulse after I saw a sorta 10 record-ideal-Scrawl-playlist-type-thing that appeared in Melody Maker which contained some of my own favourite stuff of the time (Jesus Lizard, Moonshake, the Fall, MBV, etc if I recall correctly).
As you'd probably imagine it is tightly, almost sparsely recorded and there are very few 'thrills' on the record. The music itself, while still powerful, is disarmingly simple and repetative but all the same has an edge to it that causes the heart to flutter a bit at various times for various different reasons. It's Marcy and Sue's lyrics though that hit the real emotional spot though. The anger of the 'Take a swing' and 'Prize', the sadness and longing of 'Blue green sea'. and the heartbreaker that is 'Tell me now boy'.
I went to go and see Scrawl at (what used to be) the Powerhaus in Islington many, many moons ago and there was me, about three other paying punters and a dog in the audience (ok I was exaggerating about the dog but the rest is true!) and the band were obviously disappointed with the poor showing. So was I. Scrawl never got the recognition they richly deserved while they were around; let's put that right in retrospect!!