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Released: 20.08.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is there any rock band better suited to confront the tumult of the last two years – attempted coups, cult hysteria, a global pandemic – than Tropical Fuck Storm? If their debut remains the one to beat, Deep States comes delightfully close: be it on the lockdown un-party anthem Bumma Sanger, the scabrous but also slyly empathetic QAnon dissection Blue Beam Baby or the moving and startling Legal Ghost, Gareth Liddard remains a lyricist beyond compare.

Continuing to graft noisy synth textures and a sense of hip-hop rhythm to their sinewy guitars, the Erica Dunn-led New Romeo Agent is at once one of their most undeniable and queasy songs to date, a surrealist pop gem amidst a collection that blends confused fury and cathartic release to a dizzying whole.

 

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