ALBUM REVIEW: VR SEX – Hard Copy | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 22.03.24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the opening pummelled drums and bass riffing of Dictionary Talk, evoking The Damned’s New Rose, to the warped out longueurs of the final track Medication Or Mediation, the snotty, punk grit of VR SEX seethes everywhere on Hard Copy.

Andrew Clinco (Drab Majesty) under his Noel Skum persona drives his sneering Goth-garage-rock circus over the cliff, pulling at lyrical threads of perverse behaviour – sex doll love affairs and glue-sniffing amongst them – with his band of manic cohorts in tow. The intoxicating 80’s sleaze sound provides an evocative backdrop as Hard Copy embraces extremes and outliers. Internal conflicts rage, “I can be ugly / I can be strong / I can be proper / I can be wrong / I can be lovely / or I can be gone.”

 

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