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A driving bass line and a slow, surf-shot riff set the scene in this brilliant dose of dark post-punk from Toon-based trio Big Romance. The songwriting immediately calls to mind the chaotic loud-quiet-loud dynamics of Pixies, with an expertly warped production (from Lanterns on the Lake’s Paul Gregory) which swamps the song in texture and personality.

The sheets of distorted guitar are frequently punctuated with angular riffs giving the song plenty of dissonance, edge and personality. The engineering from Alex Blamire (in-house engineer at the newly refurbished Polestar Studios) is also pristine, further helping the character of the song, and the strengths of the trio’s musicianship, to truly shine throughout. All in all, it’s an incredible dose of sonic fury.

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