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Upset the Rhythm

Released: 07.05.21







The four members of Buffet Lunch are secretively scattered along the Scottish border. The band seems to have materialised out of thin air: a storyteller could have invented them to entertain a bunch of listless children. Their first album is a collection of eleven tales, firmly indebted to the sweet nonsense of US bands Devo, Bongwater, Half Japanese and (closer to them in space and time) Newcastle three-piece Les Cox (Sportifs). Ashley’s New Haircut (featuring Jayne Dent from Me Lost Me) furtively recalls the sedate grace of Broadcast – like a lullaby from another planet.

The record is an unsettling encounter between impatient post-punk and cartoon electronics. Whilst the sound effects and gimmicks sometimes get overwhelming, I am finding The Power Of Rocks mysteriously compelling.


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