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Physical Format-20190522

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It's a few weeks since I last wrote one of these columns, having bunched a few together in advance of going away at Easter but, with one lot of holidays done and the summer ones within sight, it's time to get on to July of 2018's Flying Vinyl box.
Since last actually writing there's been a Discogs sale - £2.50 for the Boniface single to someone in Poland. There's hope yet then that the other discs I'm wanting rid of will also shift.
The Night Cafe get a cheery orange vinyl for their songs 'Turn' and 'Felicity'. The latter is thankfully not a cover of the Orange Juice number. On both tracks they get a decent bit of shoegaze/indie guitar going without overblowing it. Pleasant stuff which I'll be keeping although, having not heard their name mentioned before digging the disc out tonight I'm presuming I'll not find much action about them when I have a look online for the current state of their affairs. The band's Facebook shows they're debut album will be out in the autumn, which is probably more than I was expecting.
Tempesst are London-based Aussies (at least they were last summer) who resemble The Wonder Stuff a bit. 'Doomsday' was supposedly one of the 'psych-rock hits of your summer' but it must have happened when I wasn't looking. They have a big sound which would no doubt reach apogee if they ever get to play stadiums but, as it goes, the strings bring to mind late Verve. 'Roller Coaster' feels more like ABC. Smooth with strings. Okay but hardly psych by any stretch. Keeping it for now though. Facebook shows the quintet are still plugging away at it.
The Flying Vinyl discs have some truly awful covers. Sports Team's 'Liberal Friends'/'Stanton' is definitely one of the worst, a shit bust of Charles & Diana (the point obviously being to be crap but still). Their name rang a vague bell but it seems that they're not in fact who I thought, which is handy as they're nothing special. Plodding, mid-paced indie and a singer who sounds as if he apes Bryan Ferry on stage. Something North of a tenner is apparently possible on Discogs so listed it is. Facebook reveals the band have played a couple of festivals this year so no doubt they'll be doing a few more of those over the summer.
Krush Puppies and Good Foxy also have rubbish covers. The former do at least have the better name of the two.
'Petal Head' is a moody, breathy effort to start off as it plods along. The guitars go a bit Elastica then its back to plodding. On 'Passata' the vibe is lighter but unfortunately to the point of inconsequence. No one seems interested on Discogs so off to the fleamarket it goes. The band seem to have been quiet since February 2019, according to Facebook.
Good Foxy are apparently a quartet yet their booklet photos contain five blokes. They're also apparently 're-energising '60s psych-rock'. So much so that of course they've become massive since last summer and there's no point in me reviewing 'Winning Man' or 'Don't Get It'. Part of that last statement is at least true. Another one for the fleamarket. The band's website shows them to have a few live dates in the coming months.

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And we're at the 12 month mark! At this rate I'll be cancelling my subscription by the end of the summer, or sooner if I keep getting more than five discs dealt with at a time.
Whilst typing the above the scarlet 7" by Ten Tonnes has been spinning. The stage name of Ethan Barnett, 'Cracks Between' is decently listenable '90s indie, albeit I'm not grabbed enough to play it twice. 'Lay It On Me' is equally Radio 2-friendly but not for me in the long run. You can order the debut, self-titled Ten Tonnes album, out May 03, here.
Hatchie also has a '90s feel to her sound but there's a catchier element to 'Sugar & Spice' without it descending into pop dross. 'Sure' though starts off rather too slowly for my taste and then becomes formulaic. The best part of £20 could be mine according to Discogs so it's on the list. Hatchie has just finished a tour of the USA and UK dates for the summer can be found here.
Husky Loops I've already heard of but have no recollection of hearing. 'When I Come Home' is a pretty slow and ponderous semi-acoustic effort, with a kind of crap rap in the middle. 'Daft' is apparently the sort of song they more usually do. It's a bit like Arctic Monkeys on their third album, if a bit slower. Not a good advert for seeing them live. On to the Discogs inventory for this clear disc too. The band's website seems to indicate they've not much going on at the moment.
For four lads to all agree that The Old Pink House is a good name for a band is pretty amazing. The Geordie quartet have a bit of the Maximo Park about their sound on 'Jaded' whilst 'Black Hole' (very topical at the time of writing this review) plods along easily enough at a reasonably upbeat pace but neither song's that exciting and they don't sound like they'll ever make that much of a splash. Like Husky Loops there's little seemingly going on with the band online just now.
Calpurnia are signed to Transgressive and there seems to be a trend that the discs co-produced with that label end up on Discogs for sure. Then again I've got rid of nine of the ten I've been playing tonight so that statistic probably means little.
'Greyhound' has quite an AOR-ish guitar solo at one point and 'Louie' also manages to sound far older than the combined ages of the four band members. It's in fact very good. And, now that I've re-read the booklet I remember that one of the quartet is the lad who plays one of the main characters in Stranger Things, Finn Wolfhard (the lads from Newcastle might want to appropriate that as a better band name). Keeping it for now but it's also listed as future plays will no doubt never happen. Again they seem to have not much in their diaries for the coming months.
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