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In The Red

Volume 2

July 31st, 2009 · post by Chris Walktall · Make a comment

Record label: Suburban Home

My first impressions of this CD were that it was gonna be a Hot Water Music-sound-alike, with artwork that was just like Scott Sinclair’s work (who did all of Hot Water Music’s stuff) but tellingly, wasn’t quite as good as his post-cubist style; the blurb with the CD said that In The Red, ‘Would fit well on a bill with HWM and Leatherface’. So expecting no surprises I pressed play.

And for the first 30 seconds or so I got none. Armond John Anthony’s production (producer of Glass & Ashes S/T) had exactly the same chunky but crisp tone as Hot Water Music’s later albums with the same speed and edginess. But then Mike Hale’s vocals came in, sounding more like the whine of an American alt rock band than the 50 cigarette a day growl of Leatherface.

At Last Hours we have an unofficial policy of not giving bad reviews, preferring not to review them, especially from such excellent record labels as Suburban Home, so I shall stop here. However, I feel that by misrepresenting their peer group so acutely they have brought a negative review upon themselves.

I will just say there are a couple of decent tunes on here: ‘Unlaced’ and ‘First evil twin’. But they’re outnumbered by the awful ones: ‘Green eyes’, ‘The drakes’ and the rest of the mediocre songs.

One to avoid.

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