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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

The Perishers in Popjunkie

The world is split into two camps. Those who believe that the best 80s music had to offer was Primal Scream's early singles and Sonic Flower Groove album and, err, everyone else. Up until now I thought I was the only person in the Scream camp (even Bobby Gillespie dismisses those recordings now) but it seems like reinforcements have arrived in the guise of The Perishers. For the opening cut of the band's new (third) album All These Years, Spectre, has all the hallmarks of the Byrds-obsessed, Paisley Shirted era Primals. It waltzes in on that shuffling Ronettes style beat before a slight but wonderful melody takes over. Finally the jangly guitars kick in and the carry the song home. It is a genius track and deserves to be a staple on good old 6 Music.
I must admit I am not too familiar with the first two Perishers albums (they are both on Spotify tho hilariously attributed to a Swedish band) but there's plenty to love on All These Years. Track two I'll Deny is full on Who-sytle power pop while This Car sounds like a Teenage Fanclub that had swapped Scotland for Surrey (they are actually from Basingstoke, but I couldn't get the alliteration to work). But things really blossom in the middle with gems like You'll Never Learn to Leave It alone and espeically, Two Parter, which both boast wicked extended guitar solos that remind me of the Primals Silent Scream from Sonic Flower Groove.
It all ends beautifully too with an aching jangly ballad, Cabbage, which climaxes with a really gorgeous guitar solo.
This isn't out until November, but I bet I'll have a played it an awful lot by then. Anyhow enjoy the video for Spectre.

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