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This review is from: Glory Bumps (Audio CD)
Hooray - they're back with a bang! This latest Shriekback offering is reminiscent of their old blood, guts and brains sound. As any fan knows, Shriekback were the best "undiscovered" band around in the eighties, producing powerful, energetic, bass-line driven music with clever lyrics and quite a few references to fish.
"Glory Bumps" is a departure from their more recent ambient offerings, and a return to the old energy of before. Barry Andrew's laconic vocals deliver lyrics such as "Armageddon it on/it's a terrible pun but I don't care" and the layers of sound and backing vocals are reminiscent of one of their previous classic albums, "Oil and Gold". Shriekback stalwarts Martyn Barker on drums and Wendy Partridge on backing vocals are joined by ex-XTC cohort Andy Partridge.
As an aside, Barry Andrews' son Finn provides backing vocal on the title track. He is now the singer with a band called The Veils. Now THAT makes me feel old.