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Released: 13.11.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

TV Priest are far from the only band preaching from the gospel of post-punk at this present moment in time. The pulpit, so to speak, is fit to burst, and on first glance, debut album Uppers does little to distinguish the London four-piece from their numerous peers.

All the usual tropes are here – from looping, punishing grooves to snotty vocals barked with disarming verbosity. A lack of originality is not necessarily to the group’s discredit though. Dig a little deeper and it becomes apparent that even though Uppers doesn’t reinvent the wheel, it can be bloody good fun to spin it anyways. There’s a fair amount to admire here, and not least a salvo of genuinely smart lyricism that swirls around your head like furious newspaper clippings in that wind machine they use at the end of the Crystal Maze. All in all, definitely worth a listen.

 

 

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