Thursday, September 05, 2019

Feel good hits of the summer

August was a bit of a bumper month for albums. While other Buzz reviewers were enjoying new LPs from the likes of Blanck Mass, The Hold Steady, Redd Kross, Bill Ryder-Jones, Ride and Meatraffle, I got to spend time in the company of Russian Circles' Blood Year ("a moody, muscular beast") and The Murder Capital's When I Have Fears (twitchy, needle-pricking punk in the same vein as fellow countrymen Fontaines DC) - both solid four-star records.

The latter are among many eye-catching bands appearing at Swn in October - and as such are just one of the reasons why I'm cursing the fact that I'm away at a wedding that entire weekend. Missing Black Country, New Road will be particularly painful, given how astonishingly good they were at Green Man.

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