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Reekus Records

Twists and turns, swings and round­abouts. A band should al­ways ex­pe­ri­ence flux – not so much a case of not know­ing what to do next as hav­ing the sense to take stock and rein­vent if nec­es­sary. And so last year Dublin band Sweet Jane changed its name to Buf­falo Sunn and al­tered its di­rec­tion –from en­joy­ably sleazy gui­tar fuzz/pop to a swag­ger­ing Lau­rel Canyon vibe in­fected with a strain of tune­ful, loud guitars. The re­sult is a de­but that at times veers close to Je­sus & Mary Chain cov­ers of Buf­falo Spring­field. But (and it’s a life-sav­ing but) there is such a strong, in­tu­itive sense of West Coast US mu­sic that re­peated plays send any nig­gling doubts pack­ing. reekus.com/artists/buf­falo­sunn

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