ALBUM REVIEW: Lovely Wife – Best In Show | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 03.07.20







Trying to tie down a band like Lovely Wife in the studio – a band known for its frequently shifting line-up and semi-improvisational live shows that can go anywhere from avant-garde drone to mutant hardcore to pure sludge menace – isn’t the easiest task, but their latest album Best In Show makes a pleasingly good fist of it.

With core duo James Watts and Joe Garrick joined by FRET! and Tide of Iron drummer Rob Woodcock, this Newcastle trio format sketches across all the different forms that Lovely Wife dabble in; the bastardised doom riffing of Shan Patter sitting alongside the Alice Coltrane-with-head-trauma gutter meditation of Wallow. Noisy, abstract and knowingly absurd, Best In Show makes for a fine memento until the gig circuit can return.


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