on 14 March 2001
Did anyone else feel that the early 90s were really the last period that England was producing solid music? Bands like Bark Psychosis, Moose, Gallon Drunk, Silverfish, Insides, etc. were producing intelligent music (some of these names are still active) but it will be hard to find any Brit-Pop or post-Oasis bands doing creative work like the aforementioned. Bark Psychosis liked to champion themselves as the successors of Talk Talk; fair enough, the ambience there. But what's suprising is that they were making music like this in their late teens. "Blue" is flirting with techno, but as always, there's an edge that connects the songwriting. "Three Girl Rumba" should be credited to them (musically) adopting a Barry White take on the Wire tune. It is Game Over when the album ends with a live "Pendulum Man" from the band's only LP Hex. Beautiful stuff. Very smart stuff. Don't forget,"Scum" is the finest single recorded at church--ever!!