Alternative music reviews

Various Artists

Super Sevens Aug 2005

Took me a little time to actually review this submission. It's the first two issues of the Wrath Records Super Sevens Singles Club. My problem is that I just got into listening to the CD I was sent. It's so full of energy that I didn't want to take a critical stance but just enjoy it. If you've read my reviews of current Leed's music then I'm sure you'll know that something special is going on over there. Musically it seems to come from the post-punk Indie revolution started through Rough Trade and others. I never imagined that those days could be equalled but this is coming close.

Being 747 start of with a raw and immediate punky DIY Prescriptions. The Lodger develop their Cure/Television Personalities introverted pop to new heights with Getting Special and finally win me over. Sadly, I didn't review their last single but I'm not averse to a very late review so I'll search it out again. London's Stiffy/The Fuses add a little ditty called If Sir Wants Sex that is okay for me but not outstanding. Lastly we get The Secret Hairdresser from Bury St. Edmunds that is a combination of punk and Johnny Dowd. A slice of perfection that takes interplayed vocals into the area of the sublime. You see, it's not just Leed's bands - others are making great music as well, even of it's a small Leeds labels picking up on it.

Each release will include at least two bands contributions with some including four tracks. How they can offer these six single releases (six 7-inch vinyl pieces) at 18 is beyond me. In fact I think it's beyond Wrath Records' understanding as well judging by the press release. Take advantage of them and subscribe.

Dinosaur Jr
Sonic Youth
Bill Callahan
Jeffrey Lewis
Florence & The Machine
Resonance Association
The Roe Family Singers
The Peter Parkers

2008 Reviews
2007 Reviews
2006 Reviews
2005 Reviews
2004 Reviews
2003 Reviews
2002 Reviews
Best Of The Blog

News on submissions is here. Find me on MySpace and LastFM see what I'm listening to.

Who I Read
Advanced Theory Blog