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In The Court Of The Wrestling Lets

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  • Audio CD (29 Jun. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stolen Recordings
  • ASIN: B00278FT04
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. My Arms Don't Bend That Way Damn It
  2. I'm In Love With Destruction
  3. Tanks
  4. My Eyes Are Bleeding
  5. My Schedule
  6. We Are The Men You'll Grow To Love Soon
  7. In Dreams
  8. Atlantis
  9. Song For Old People
  10. I Won't Lie To You
  11. Diana's Hair
  12. I'm In Fighting Mode
  13. Insects
  14. It's Not Going To Happen
  15. Waltz
  16. In The Court Of The Wrestling Lets

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BBC Review

According to Wikipedia, Let’s Wrestle’s musical influences are (deep breath) The Beatles, Neil Young, Pavement, Nirvana, Swell Maps, Pixies, The Raincoats, Bowie, Beach Boys, Fugazi, ELO, Dinosaur Jr, Buddy Holly, Black Sabbath, The Clean, Denim, Grandaddy, Husker Du, Wire, Yo La Tengo and Phil Spector. But since the London trio’s probable album budget was £376, you doubt they’ll be matching Spector’s legendary Wall of Sound any time soon. Nor ELO’s classical prowess or The Beach Boys’ cream-of-wheat harmonies. What the list confirms, however, is a love for serrated tunes bolted to a fiery undercarriage. Pop-punk, in other words. As one track title puts it, I Wish I Was In Hüsker Dü.

But being British and barely out of their teens, with a love of silliness (check their lovable Monkees-indebted promos) and deadpan cheek, Let’s Wrestle don’t sound like Hüsker Dü either – except the closing instrumental pell-mell of a title-track. (And you tend not to hear lines like "I’m going to my local library / and then the charity shop" from US hardcore bands.) Surely the closest comparison is Reading’s Pete & the Pirates; there’s the same plaintive, happy-sad, wobbly edge to their buzzing popsicle attack and stories from the front line of lovelorn strife. The burbling lead-in basslines of Tank and Insects are especially Pirates-like. But that’s a compliment.

Either way, Britain is short on fine, affecting pop-punk, and this debut should have won a much stronger public vote on its original 2009 release. But Let’s Wrestle are now signed to Full Time Hobby, who are reissuing In The Court of the Wrestling Let’s (the title inspired by King Crimson’s album debut; this lot know their music, as you might expect given singer/guitarist Wesley Patrick Gonzalez’s dad is Peter Astor of Weather Prophets/Loft fame) with a bonus CD of their hard-to-find early singles, so stop your sobbing as the likes of Song for ABBA Tribute Record and the self-explanatory Music is My Girlfriend are now easily accessible. But it’s the album proper that demands attention most – and with 13 tracks (plus three interlude snippets), the trio’s thrashy, joyful momentum rarely lets up. I’m in Fighting Mood, Diana’s Hair, My Arms Don’t Bend That Way, Damn It and Song for Old People lead the pack, but that might change daily.

They might still be boys, but in the words of another nugget here: We Are the Men You'll Grow to Love Soon.

--Martin Aston

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Let's Wrestle sound like Sebadoh if they'd've been British, assuming the guitar sound of scuzzy/fuzzy US indie acts of the '90s and the lyrical panache of Pete Shelley. The songs on display are simple, catchy and drift between stupid and genius.

If you like groups such as GBV and Pavement (and have a thing for audacious album titles), this LP is for you.
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that don't appear to get the credit they deserve. Love, love, love there sounds and lyrics which ordinarily I'm not bothered about. My Schedule was the track that switched me onto them and then probably Diana's Hair but it's all good. Caught them at the Hare n' Hound in Brum and they were dynamite. Second album is equally good. Keep up the good work lads, your music puts a big grin on face every time.
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If you're seeking boisterous, low-fi indie rock steeped in grimy 80s pop-punk, the first full length by this London 3-piece hits the bullseye, splits the board in half and sneaks sips from your pint whilst you're throwing your darts. The album lacks pretension- all too refreshing for guitar bands- and is a riotous mix of fuzzy twang and lyrics that can't make up their mind on being stupid or superb. The band's guitarist/singer looks a lot like Sid from Skins, and actually this album isn't far off what would happen if that were true. Minimal and real in all the right ways, the musical equivalent of a can of Red Stripe- great fun with the lads, but isn't going to impress the intelligentsia, who'd rather settle down with a bottle of Saint-Emilion and wax lyrical over Radiohead B-sides. Expect good things from their follow up.
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Excellent three piece saw them perform this week. Catch this because they will be big.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, Unique Album 7 May 2011
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Great songwriting and a unique sound make this one of the best albums of 2010. It's very strong from start to finish, with no obvious "filler" tracks, and the songs run the gamut from extremely catchy and fun to more haunting and introspective. Give this a chance, as it's an unknown gem.
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