Tuesday 30 October 2012

Towns - Dig Your Heels

Single review by KevW

As you will have gathered (either by having stumbled upon our site before or realising the significance of its name) we're partial to the odd bit of distortion and shoegaze. We're also partial to a bit of Nottingham's finest noise-merchants Spotlight Kid and have featured newcomers Towns before, suggesting that their psychedelic, wall-of-fuzz sounds fit snugly in between baggy and Britpop. The two bands have just played a gig together and we're jealous that we couldn't make it, but all is not lost as the Western-Super-Mare guitar-wranglers have a brand new EP available for us to merrily feast our ears upon.

'Sleepwalking' is available now and the swirling, intense buzz-fest of 'Dig Your Heels' presses all the right buttons (or more likely, all the right effects pedals). There is a shoegazey thing going on but really this track is powerpop that's been abused so much it's screaming out in pain. There's a strong melody and soft vocals which only enhance the guitars that besiege the song as if trying to lay waste to any notions of tunefulness but instead becoming a part of it. This is a mighty song, something akin to early Supergrass having nightmarish hallucinations. Noisy, but in the most perfect of ways.

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