Dance Magic Dance have put on some fine bands in London over the past 18 months or so. They have now released their first (I think) compilation cassette. And what a great noisy thing it is. This is a lo-fi fuzz fest of guitar goodness that ranges from the sub New York sound of La LA Vasquez to the punk rock racket of the, er The Racket. Elsewhere are my recent garage rock discoveries Sex Beet and always wonderful French Kissing pop up. And that’s just side one. Flip the cassette over and we get the London surf mob One Fathom Down and doomy punkrock sounds of Bo Ningen, to name just two. Like I said, it’s all awesome stuff, really. And this little cassette is just £3. Bargain.
They are having a launch show at The Old Blue Last in London on Saturday 3rd July, too. I think I might well be there, for that.
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This is a cassette only release. I bought it, because I wanted to hear the songs. But I was never a fan of cassettes. It seems the 10 years I’ve been cassette free haven’t altered the fact. After getting the dusty, but decent, ‘ghettoblaster’ down from the loft – the tape plays fine enough. I dunno. So no rose tinted specs here for a format I never really loved.
But the format does come second to the music and ‘Full Length’ is a fine LP. Ty Segall kicks garage rock riffs, lo-fi squeals of feedback and general sonic mayhem out of the speakers on ‘Full Length’. I confess to not knowing much about Ty Segall. But knowing so much doesn’t really matter when you crank up the volume on songs like the punk-tastic ‘The Drag’ or the swampy blues of ‘Watching You’. Elsewhere 60′s stomps meets 50′s rockers with a punk rock twist. The production on ‘Full Length’ is lo-fi but it does sound good for it. After a few plays of the cassette I am all set to try and connect said ‘ghetto blaster’ to my PC so I can get this LP down on mp3 and CD – so I can play it on my chosen formats a little more easily. It’s worth the faff, it seems.
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