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on 5 September 2011
I was semi-obsessed with this band as a teenager. Being a fan of Nirvana and REM they seemed like the perfect meeting point between my need for both heavy-ness and heartbreak. 'Dead Letter Chorus' serves them both up in bucket loads. 'Always Echoes' is bouncy grunge-pop, 'Yellow' is reflective Michael Stipe style rock, 'Jessica' is three chord indie-grunge fun. Their finest moment probably comes with the opening 'Get The Keys And Go' with its wonderful lyrics ("I want a rooftop, full of purple raindrops, there is a secret way") and psychedelic riffing and first class Dave Grohl style drumming. The noisy, teenage enthusiasm of the music combined with Bernie Simpsons laconic delivery and at once heartfelt and surreal lyricism were always a winning combination. They were the next big thing back in 1999 for a little while before they gave us a rather great second album (2000's 'El Toppo') then called it a day. This album still sounds perfect on a sunny day so why not give it a go, it's certainly cheap enough at the moment! If you enjoy 'Dead Letter Chorus' you should try an album by Seafood, they lasted a bit longer and are also in danger of being forgotten...
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